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Seven Wonders of the Waterways

The Seven Wonders of the Waterways is a list of landmarks on the UK inland waterways. The list was originally published in 1946 by Robert Aickman, one of the founders of the Inland Waterways Association. The intention was to highlight significant feats of engineering along the mostly derelict canal system as part of a campaign to restore the waterways. The majority of the “wonders” are maintained today by Canal and River Trust.

Photographer Barry Teutenberg has extensively travelled the inland waterways by narrowboat. This has enabled him to visited all of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways. He has put together a selection of stunning images that capture these wonders at their best.

Please check out the shop now to see high quality posters of each of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways.

The Seven Wonders of the Waterways

  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Llangollen Canal] – this is the Longest and highest aqueduct in the United Kingdom. The bridge is 336 yd (307 m) long, 12 ft (3.7 m) wide and 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) deep. The wrought iron trough stands 126 ft (38 m) above the River Dee. The aqueduct also supplies drinking water to Chester.
  • Standedge Tunnel [Huddersfield Narrow Canal] – tunnel measuring 5,675 yards (5,189 m). Known as the longest and deepest tunnel in the UK.
  • Caen Hill Lock Flight [Kennet & Avon Canal] – a flight of 29 locks in Wiltshire. The locks allow the canal to rise 237 feet in 2 miles (72 m in 3.2 km).
Caen Hill Locks
Caen Hill Locks
  • Barton Swing Aqueduct [Bridgewater Canal] – the worlds’s only swinging aqueduct. When closed, it allows canal traffic to pass along the Bridgewater Canal. When open, it allows large vessels to pass along the Manchester Ship Canal below.
  • Anderton Boat Lift [River Weaver and Trent & Mersey Canal] –  the first boat lift in the UK. It provides a 50-foot (15.2 m) vertical link between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal.
  • Bingley Five Rise Locks [Leeds & Liverpool Canal] – a staircase lock consisting of five lock chambers with no interconnecting pounds. The steepest lock flight giving a rise of 59 ft 2 in (18.03 m) over a distance of 320 ft (98 m).
  • Burnley Embankment [Leeds & Liverpool Canal] – carries the Leeds and Liverpool Canal over the Calder and Brun Valleys. The embankment is 1,256 yards (0.714 mi; 1.148 km) long and the canal runs up to 60 feet (18 m) above the valley floor.

Also featuring in the poster series is the Falkirk Wheel. This is a boat lift which connects Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal in Scotland.

Falkirk Wheel
Falkirk Wheel