Please note that derelict canals may be missing, and
current restorations-in-progress may not be well represented. Please
let me know (email address below) if you find any other online maps
that you like for this page.
When all else fails, you can always try Paper Maps
These are only intended to provide an overview of the whole canal system,
i.e. you can't zoom in for details.
Water Explorer Interactive Canal Map
Use web browser to view. Map or satellite view. When you zoom in far enough, you can
see markers for locks, bridges, winding holes - place your cursor
over these markers to identify them. Also has route planner.
[Thanks to Dan Engstrom for suggesting this site.]
- maps in pdf or qct format, for computers, smartphones, tablets, GPS devices
- "Free online map of the canals and waterways of Britain Showing Bridges, Locks, Water points and other services and official Visitor Moorings"; website will NOT be continued when its hosting expires in mid-April 2019
Union Canal unlock
- app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices; also info on website; Union Canal, Scotland
River Canal Rescue (RCR) has taken over Eureauwebs inland waterway navigation products the water-way software system and e-canalmapp apps and rebranded them as WaterNav. There are three separate ways to use WaterNav:
As software on a Windows computer. Maps are downloaded to the
computer, so this will still work without an internet connection.
£48.99 Inc VAT, also includes ALL WaterNav smartphone apps.
Android or Iphone apps - £5.99 per region
FREE routing planning in your computer browser
- free Apple and Android apps covering the inland waterways of France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, in French and in English
- planning online via the web; free service; UK and expanding onto
Note: As far as I know the only route planning software that
can be used OFFLINE (i.e. without the internet) is from WaterNav, listed above.
Google Earth Canal Maps
- as of 15 Oct 2015, the creator of this project has ended it, saying
"I don’t have the time/energy to convert the maps to the new format that Google insists on using"
- canals highlighted on google map/satellite view; click on
canal to identify it. [Thanks to Dan Engstrom for suggesting this site.]
These were not exactly canal maps, but were useful until I had to