Great Britain » Bridgwater & Taunton Canal | Grand Western Canal | England

An old canal system south of Bridgwater Bay, unfortunately not navigable all through anymore


Bridgwater & Taunton Canal | Grand Western Canal | England: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 8 km
Lock dimensions: 15.20 x 3.00
Max. depth: 0.90
Max. headroom: 2.10
Degree of difficulty: no rating
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Not navigable all through
Facilities groundside: Not sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Atlantic Sea

Taunton & Bridgwater Canal
The canal is 23.5 km long and has 8 locks. It is part of the small estuary of navigable waterways in Somerset. It crosses a uniquely beautiful plain which is, for its animals and plants, protected. 
The waterways of this region used to have an entire length of 242 km but they never reached the importance of those in north England and the Midlands.
Unfortunately the Bridgwater Taunton is at the moment isolated because the links to River Parrett at Bridgwater and those to River Tone at Taunton don't exist anymore. And the following stretch of the Grand Western Canal is not yet navigable as well.

Grand Western Canal
Today, only the south-western stretch of the canal in Devon is partially navigable. Since the area has become a landscaped park in 1971, only a company hiring narrow boats pulled by horses is admitted. One doesn’t expect the Grand Western to be restored after the border of Somerset to the Bridgwater & Taunton.

Grand Western Canal
Today, only the south-western stretch of the canal in Devon is partially navigable. Since the area has become a landscaped park in 1971, only a company hiring narrow boats pulled by horses is admitted. One doesn’t expect the Grand Western to be restored after the border of Somerset to the Bridgwater & Taunton.

Unfortunately also Bridgwater Taunton is isolated at the moment since connections to River Parrett at Bridgwater and those to River Tone at Taunton are not existing anymore. The following stretch of Grand Western Canal is also not navigable yet.

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Navigational notes include: Planning a cruise, using a lock and bridges, winding holes, boatyards and local services. Also: The history of each canal, places of interest, pubs and restaurants, opportunities for walking and cycling. Covers the Basingstoke, Bridgwater & Taunton, Exeter, Grand Western and Kennet & Avon canals and the rivers Thames and Wey. Spiralbounding, size: A5

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