List of canal tunnels in the United Kingdom

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List of Canal Tunnels[edit]

This is a list of canal tunnels in the United Kingdom.

Tunnel Canal Length Designer Coordinates Notes Image
Ashford Tunnel Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal 375 yards (343 m) Thomas Dadford 51°53.195′N 3°16.525′W / 51.886583°N 3.275417°W / 51.886583; -3.275417 Brecknockshire/Powys Tunnel narrows considerably between northern and southern portals due to repairs to its fabric but is nevertheless navigable by a narrowboat with relative ease.
Ashford Tunnel, northern portal
Blisworth Tunnel Grand Union Canal 3,057 yards (2,795 m) Northamptonshire
Blisworth Tunnel, southern portal
Braunston Tunnel Grand Union Canal 2,042 yards (1,867 m) Jessop & Barnes 52°16.976′N 1°10.041′W / 52.282933°N 1.167350°W / 52.282933; -1.167350 Northamptonshire
Narrowboat leaving Braunston Tunnel
Bruce Tunnel Kennet and Avon Canal 502 yards (459 m)
Red brick tunnel entrance to a tunnel through which light can just be seen at the far end. On either side are grassy banks down to the water.
Bruce Tunnel's Eastern Portal (in 1992)
Butterley Tunnel Cromford Canal 53°3.3841′N 1°22.3994′W / 53.0564017°N 1.3733233°W / 53.0564017; -1.3733233 Derbyshire
The Butterley Reservoir Adit where it enters the Butterley Tunnel, in 2006
Chirk Tunnel Llangollen Canal 459 yards (420 m) 52°55′46.91″N 3°3′46.77″W / 52.9296972°N 3.0629917°W / 52.9296972; -3.0629917 Near Chirk
View taken from the Chirk Aqueduct
Drakeholes Tunnel Chesterfield Canal 154 yards (141 m)
Drakeholes Tunnel Chesterfield Canal.jpg
Dudley Tunnel Birmingham Canal Navigations 52°31′18″N 2°04′42″W / 52.52173°N 2.07840°W / 52.52173; -2.07840 Part of Dudley Canal Line No 1
The southern portal of the Dudley Tunnel
Greywell Tunnel Basingstoke Canal Closed to traffic following cave-in. Now home to Europe's largest bat colony.
The eastern portal of Greywell Tunnel on the Basingstoke Canal
Hardham Tunnel Arun Navigation 375 yards (343 m) 50°56′56″N 0°31′23″W / 50.94889°N 0.52306°W / 50.94889; -0.52306 Closed since 1888; blocked in 1895 by LBSCR under Mid Sussex Line and Midhurst-Pulborough Line.
Harecastle Tunnels (measurement for Telford Tunnel) Trent & Mersey Canal 2,926 yards (2,675 metres) James Brindley/ Thomas Telford 53°4′27″N 2°14′11″W / 53.07417°N 2.23639°W / 53.07417; -2.23639 Staffordshire
North ends of both Harecastle Tunnels, Telford's tunnel on the left, Brindley's the right
Hollingwood Common Tunnel Chesterfield Canal
Lapal Tunnel Birmingham Canal Navigations 52°26′42″N 2°00′06″W / 52.4450°N 2.0017°W / 52.4450; -2.0017 Part of Dudley Canal Line No 2
1955 Ordnance Survey map of the east portal of Lapal Tunnel
Lord Ward's Tunnel Birmingham Canal Navigations
Newbold Tunnel Oxford Canal
Norwood Tunnel Chesterfield Canal 2,893 yards (2,645 m) 53°20′06″N 1°16′11″W / 53.33501°N 1.26971°W / 53.33501; -1.26971 Derbyshire
Netherton Tunnel Birmingham Canal Navigations 52°30′25″N 2°03′25″W / 52.50697°N 2.05708°W / 52.50697; -2.05708
Netherton Tunnel
Sapperton Canal Tunnel Thames and Severn Canal 3,817 yards (3,490 m) 53°35′29″N 1°57′36″W / 53.591283°N 1.95996°W / 53.591283; -1.95996 Gloucestershire
The Coates Portal at the south-eastern end of the Sapperton Canal Tunnel.
Scout Tunnel Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Standedge Tunnels Huddersfield Narrow Canal 5,686 yards (5,199 m) 53°35′29″N 1°57′36″W / 53.591283°N 1.95996°W / 53.591283; -1.95996 West Yorkshire to Greater Manchester
Standedge Tunnel entrance at Marsden
Wast Hills Tunnel Worcester and Birmingham Canal 2,726 yards (2,493 m) 52°23′25″N 1°56′24″W / 52.3902°N 1.9400°W / 52.3902; -1.9400 West Midlands (county) to Worcestershire
Wast Hills Tunnel, southern portal
Worsley Navigable Levels Bridgewater Canal 53°30′2.2″N 2°22′52.2″W / 53.500611°N 2.381167°W / 53.500611; -2.381167 Greater Manchester
Starvationer at Ellesmere Port Canal Museum with a demonstration of the process of legging to push the boat through the tunnels

Grand Union Canal[edit]

Peak Forest Canal[edit]

Regent's Canal[edit]

Union Canal (Scotland)[edit]

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