Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

Does anyone know of a map that starts in Bridgwater Docks and ends in Taunton please? - John


The Bridgwater and Taunton Canal is a broad canal and is part of the Waterways of Mainland Britain. It runs for 14 miles and 2½ furlongs through 7 locks from Firepool Lock No 1 (where it joins the River Tone (Above Firepool)) to Bridgwater and Taunton Canal - River Parrett Junction (where it joins the River Parrett).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 50 feet long and 10 feet and 6 inches wide. The maximum headroom is 6 feet and 11 inches. The maximum draught is 2 feet and 11 inches.

Notable features of the waterway include: Maunsell Locks

Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:


A map will be shown here if you are logged on

Firepool Lock No 1
Taunton and the junction with the River Tone
Canal Road Bridge No 37 a few yards 1 lock
Winkworth Way Bridge No 36
Includes a Pipebridge
2¼ furlongs 1 lock
Obridge Viaduct Railway Bridge No 35 3 furlongs 1 lock
Obridge Viaduct No 34 4 furlongs 1 lock
Venture Way Bridge No 33 5¾ furlongs 1 lock
Venture Way Bridge No 32 1 mile and ½ furlongs 1 lock
Bathpool Swing Bridge No 30 1 mile and 5¾ furlongs 1 lock
Bridgewater Road Bridge No 29
Bathpool village
1 mile and 6½ furlongs 1 lock
Hyde Lane Road Bridge No 28 2 miles and 1¾ furlongs 1 lock
Hyde Lane Motorway Bridge 2 miles and 2¾ furlongs 1 lock
St Michael Road Bridge No 27 3 miles 1 lock
Ryesland Way Field Bridge No 26 3 miles and 1 furlong 1 lock
Foxhole Lane Field Bridge No 25 3 miles and 4¾ furlongs 1 lock
Charlton Road Bridge No 24 4 miles and 3½ furlongs 1 lock
Charlton Road Narrows 4 miles and 4½ furlongs 1 lock
Taunton Vale Field Bridge No 23 5 miles and ¼ furlongs 1 lock
Lower Durston No 2 Field Bridge No 22 5 miles and 4 furlongs 1 lock
Main Road Bridge No 21 5 miles and 6½ furlongs 1 lock
Lower Durston Swing Bridge No 20 6 miles and ¼ furlongs 1 lock
Lower Durston Field Bridge No 19 6 miles and 2¾ furlongs 1 lock
Maunsell Top Lock No 2 6 miles and 5¾ furlongs 1 lock
Maunsell Top Lock Bridge No 18 6 miles and 5¾ furlongs 2 locks
Maunsell Bottom Lock No 3 6 miles and 7¾ furlongs 2 locks
Bankland Lane Bridge No 17 7 miles 3 locks
Maunsell Lock Narrows 7 miles and 1½ furlongs 3 locks
North Newton Field Bridge No 16 7 miles and 5 furlongs 3 locks
North Newton Narrows 7 miles and 6¼ furlongs 3 locks
North Newton Bridge No 15 8 miles 3 locks
Kings Lock No 4 8 miles and 1¾ furlongs 3 locks
Farmhouse Footbridge 8 miles and 7¾ furlongs 4 locks
Standards Lock No 5 9 miles and ¾ furlongs 4 locks
Ford Gate Bridge No 13 9 miles and 6½ furlongs 5 locks
Huntworth Lane Bridge No 12
Village half a mile to the west of the bridge
11 miles 5 locks
Huntworth Lane Narrows 11 miles and 1½ furlongs 5 locks
Huntworth Swing Bridge No 11 11 miles and 4¼ furlongs 5 locks
Huntworth Motorway Bridge No 10 11 miles and 5 furlongs 5 locks
Marsh Lane Swing Bridge No 9 11 miles and 7 furlongs 5 locks
Hamp Bridge No 8 12 miles and 2½ furlongs 5 locks
Old Taunton Road Bridge No 7 12 miles and 6½ furlongs 5 locks
Taunton Road Bridge No 6
12 miles and 7¼ furlongs 5 locks
Old Farmhouse Bridge No 5 13 miles 5 locks
Albert Street Bridge No 4 13 miles and 3 furlongs 5 locks
West Street Bridge No 3 13 miles and 3¾ furlongs 5 locks
Wembdon Road Bridge No 2 13 miles and 5¼ furlongs 5 locks
Victoria Road Bridge No 1 13 miles and 5¾ furlongs 5 locks
Bridgwater Lock No 6
Entrance to Bridgwater Dock. End of the canal
14 miles and ½ furlongs 5 locks
Bridgwater Large Dock 14 miles and 1¼ furlongs 6 locks
Northgate Bridge
A bascule bridge
14 miles and 2 furlongs 6 locks
Bridgwater Small Dock 14 miles and 2 furlongs 6 locks
River Parrett Lock 14 miles and 2¼ furlongs 6 locks
Bridgwater and Taunton Canal - River Parrett Junction
Junction of Bridgwater and Taunton Canal with River Parrett
14 miles and 2½ furlongs 7 locks
There are no links to external websites from here.
Why not log in and add some (go to "Edit and Change" on the menu and select "Edit websites")?
Navigational note
Note last updated Monday the 5th of February, 2018

Navigation restriction notice: Bridgwater & Taunton Canal, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Bridge 9, Crossways Swingbridge — from Tuesday the 8th of May, 2018 to Wednesday the 8th of May, 2019.

Update on 02/05/2018:

Please note the following correction to our contact numbers to arrange booking of Bridge 9:

Canal and River Trust

Mobile 07887 545369 or Mobile 07483 930514

During the construction of a new bridge crossing adjacent to Crossways Swing Bridge, which is under the control of Taunton Highways, the operation of the swing bridge will be restricted to an advance booking system from Monday to Friday.

Normal operation will be available over the weekend.

Advance booking of the bridge will require 48-hours notice. To arrange your booking please contact Canal & River Trust:

Mobile 078877545369 or 0748393514

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We will endeavour to keep the disruption to a minimum.

Notification sent Tuesday the 1st of May, 2018


Wikipedia has a page about Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

The Bridgwater and Taunton Canal is a canal in the south-west of England between Bridgwater and Taunton, opened in 1827 and linking the River Tone to the River Parrett. There were a number of abortive schemes to link the Bristol Channel to the English Channel by waterway in the 18th and early 19th centuries. These schemes followed the approximate route eventually taken by the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, but the canal was instead built as part of a plan to link Bristol to Taunton by waterway.

The early years of operation were marred by a series of legal disputes, which were resolved when the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal Company and the Conservators, who managed the River Tone Navigation, agreed that the Canal Company should take over the Tone Navigation. The canal originally terminated at a basin at Huntworth, to the east of Bridgwater, but was later extended to a floating harbour at Bridgwater Docks on its western edge. Financially this was a disaster, as the extension was funded by a mortgage, and the arrival of the railways soon afterwards started the demise of the canal. The canal was rescued from bankruptcy by the Bristol and Exeter Railway in 1866.

Despite commercial traffic ceasing in 1907, the infrastructure was maintained in good order, and the canal was used for the transport of potable water from 1962. The Countryside Act 1968 provided a framework for Somerset County Council to start the restoration of the canal as a leisure facility, which was completed in 1994, when the canal was reopened throughout. Bridgwater Docks have been restored as a marina, but there is no navigable connection to the River Parrett, as the canal still transports drinking water for the people of Bridgwater.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Bridgwater and Taunton Canal
[River Parrett] [Chard Canal] [Cheddon Fitzpaine] [Taunton Stop Line] [Bridgwater] [River Tone] [Bridgewater] [Huntworth] [Somerset]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 11:32