Highest Canal Summits in England and Wales

The summit of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is the highest in the country. But what about the second highest, third highest, etc? For comparison, this page lists those canal summits that are over 100m or 350 feet above sea level.

Canal Height Summit Location Length
Huddersfield Narrow Canal 645ft 197m Diggle to Marsden 4 miles 6.4km
Rochdale Canal 600ft 183m West Summit to Longlees 0.8 miles 1.3km
Glamorganshire Canal (abandoned 1898) 549ft 167m Merthyr Tydfil to Cyfarthfa 0.3 miles 0.5km
BCN Essington Branch (abandoned 1830) 533ft 162m Essington Locks to Essington Wood Colliery 0.3 miles 0.5km
Macclesfield Canal 518ft 158m Bosley to Marple Junction 16 miles 25.7km
Peak Forest Canal 518ft 158m Marple Junction to Bugsworth Basin 6.8 miles 10.9km
BCN Titford Canal 511ft 156m Oldbury Top Lock to Causeway Green 1.8 miles 2.9km
BCN Wyrley Branch (abandoned 1954) 503ft 197m Sneyd Locks to Great Wyrley 4.2 miles 7.7km
Leeds and Liverpool Canal 487ft 149m Greenberfield to Barrowford 6 miles 9.7km
Caldon Canal 484ft 146m Stockton Brook Top Lock to Hazelhurst / Leek 2.5 miles / 5.3miles 4km / 8.2km
BCN Wolverhampton Level 473ft 144m Wolverhampton to Smethwick / Park Head / Anglesey Basin / Daw End 37 miles total 59.5km
BCN Birmingham Level 453ft 138m Tipton to Worcester Bar / Parkhead Junction / Hawne Basin /Swan Hill plus old loops 19 miles total 30km
Worcester and Birmingham Canal 453ft 138m Worcester Bar to Tardebigge Top Lock 14.5 miles 23.3km
Stratford -on-Avon Canal 453ft 138m Kings Norton to Lapworth Top Lock 10.6 miles 17km
Kennet and Avon Canal 452ft 138m Crofton Top Lock to Wootton Rivers Top Lock 2 miles 3.2km
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal 425ft 130m Brynich Lock to Brecon (Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal) 2.5 miles 4.0km
Grand Union Canal, end of Welford Arm 415ft 127m Welford Lock to Welford 0.5 miles 0.8km
Grand Union Canal, Leicester Section 412ft 126m Foxton to Watford 20.5 miles 33km
Trent and Mersey Canal 408ft 124m Etruria Top Lock to Hardings Wood / Hall Green 5.7 miles / 7.2 miles 9.2km / 11.6km
BCN Tame Valley Canal and Walsall Level 408ft 124m Perry Barr Top Lock to Great Bridge / Walsall Town Basin 12 miles 19.3km
Grand Union Canal South 395ft 121m Tring Summit, Bulbourne to Cowroast 3 miles 4.8km
Grand Union Canal Warwick and Birmingham 390ft 119m Knowle Top Lock to Camp Hill Top Lock 10 miles 16.1km
Southern Oxford Canal 384ft 117m Marston Doles to Claydon 11 miles 17.7km
Grand Union Canal Central 360ft 110m Braunston Top Lock to Buckby Top Lock 3 miles 4.8km
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