Top 5 scenic canal routes in the UK

Jenai Laignel / 12 June 2014 ( 06 May 2015 )

What better way to discover the UK's stunning landscapes than drifting dreamily down a canal on a charming narrowboat?

There are so many canal routes to choose from, each with its own wonderful delights. Which one will you pick?

1. Cheshire Ring

The Cheshire Ring offers something for everyone; it's a magnificent route through bustling towns, sleepy villages and the heart of Manchester (past Old Trafford Stadium) – it's easy to see why this is such a popular choice for canal holidays.

2. Kennet and Avon Canal

Said to be one of the most stunning of Britain's waterways, the Kennet and Avon canal combines a bit of everything: the Downs, open plains, villages, market towns and – of course – the historic Georgian city of Bath.

3. Oxford Canal

Perhaps the most popular in the country, the Oxford Canal winds its way past country estates, charming towns and, most importantly, first-class pubs.

4. Forth and Clyde and Union Canals

Cross all the way from Glasgow in the west to Edinburgh in the east, passing over three fabulous aqueducts and the spectacular Falkirk Wheel on your way.

5. River Wey

This tranquil waterway runs through the heart of Surrey, beginning as two branches and joining at Tilford, between Guildford and Farnham. It then heads north to meet the Thames while still in Surrey.