British Waterways

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British Waterways is a government body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Scottish Executive in the United Kingdom. It maintains a museum of its history at the former Gloucester Docks, in Gloucester.

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British Waterways sign near Gas Street Basin on the BCN.

Britain has a 200 year old network of inland waterways. See History of the British canal system for more detail.

British Waterways manages and cares for over 2000 miles (3,219 km) of canals, rivers, docks, buildings, structures and landscapes.

Half of the United Kingdom population lives within five miles of one of British Waterways' canals or rivers.

There are over 2,800 listed structures, more than 130 Scheduled Ancient Monuments and more than 800 designated areas, as well as more than 100 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).

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