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Do you want to learn more about the waterways and do you want to amaze people with your knowledge then read the following for some amazing facts, figures and general information that the other Canal Boat hirers just do not bother to tell you.

The longest canal is Grand Union Canal which runs for 137 miles from London to Birmingham to cruise the whole length would take you 74 hours.

The newest Canal and the only canal built for the leisure industry is The Ribble Link near Preston in Lancashire which was opened in 2002 and the oldest Canal is the Fossdyke Navigation in Lincolnshire which was built by the Romans.

The great age of the canals however began with the construction of the Bridgewater Canal and was the initiative of the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater.

The longest River at 220 miles is the River Severn which begins it journey in Plynlimon, in Wales and ends at the Bristol Channel and just so you know, it is not on the canal network, but the shortest river is in Scotland.

The largest Lock on the canal system is at the entrance to the River Mersey the Eastham Lock is the gateway to the Manchester Ship Canal and the smallest, the Teddington Skiff Lock is on the River Thames.

The Deepest Lock at just under 19 feet the Tuel Lane Lock is on the Rochdale Canal.

The longest Aqueduct, and one of the wonders of the waterways, is The Pontcysylite Aqueduct which carries the Llangollen Canal for 1000 feet over the Dee Valley.

For lovers of horror the most Haunted Canal is the Shropshire Union Canal and its gruesome accolade is it has a total of five ghosts residing along its length.

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