The Canal

The Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation

The Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation is a collection of diverse and interesting waterways reaching from the River Trent to Sheffield. It is one of only a handful of waterways that is still used by commercial traffic, but has been transformed in recent decades into a living historical, natural, and community asset.

The navigation includes:

The Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, which descends from the architectural splendour of Sheffield Canal Basin to the River Don near Meadowhall.

The Don Navigation – a tranquil waterway taking in Rotherham, Doncaster, and beyond. A mix of modern and traditional locks, with tantalising glimpses of a long history of boat movements.

The Stainforth and Keadby Canal, which links the historical boating communities of Stainforth, Keadby, and Thorne (very much a hub of marinas, boatyards, and services), as well as providing access to the tidal Trent.

The New Junction Canal – almost the youngest canal in England and certainly the straightest!

Learn more

Fishing and walking on the sheffield canal

Support the waterway

Our aim is to see the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation celebrated by, and embedded in, our local communities.

Fortunately, there are a number of great organisations that do this already, and would really appreciate your support.

Narrowboats on the River Don

Cruise the waterway

From vibrant cityscapes to tranquil river cruising, the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation has it all.

Our forthcoming cruising guides will help you get the most out of your boating.

Sheaf Quay on the Sheffield Canal

Learn about the waterway

The Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation is one of the most diverse waterways in the UK, with a remarkable backstory to boot.

Check back soon as we begin to delve into its fascinating history!