Web Links

Useful Websites

By Jan Thomas



The many WOW resources and activities you will discover here have been created for children aged 7-11 years and their teachers, group leaders and families.

Whether you are planning a school visit or a day out they are designed to help you safely explore the canals, rivers and waterways of Britain. If you work in education, volunteer as a brownie or scout leader or you just want to learn more about our waterways then this is the place for you!

This is an excellent site from British Waterways and the Waterways Trust. It has a section for teachers and a section for young people with lots of interactive activities and downloads for all aspects of canal life.

However, the Cotswold Canals are different from the familiar narrow canals – for reasons we hope you will have gleaned from CCK and you should be clear with pupils about what did or did not happen here. Our materials are designed to be local.

The sections on Being Safe near Water –Stay Away From the Edge and risk assessment are useful.

You will find habitat and wild life sections which apply to our waterway too – swans, dragonflies, flowers, etc are pretty much the same here.

The Cotswold Canals Partnership


This is the site of the Cotswold Canals Partnership. You might find it useful for maps and photos and for specific current information about our canals. Updates can also be found on

The Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation


Look here for some information about the Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation.

Jim Shead


Click on Stroudwater and Thames and Severn Canals.  Jim Shead has a large commercial site but his pages are comprehensive - facts, booklists, related websites, mileage charts from lock to lock.

The Cotswold Canals Trust


Check out volunteer and community information, photos, maps and mileage charts on the Cotswold Canals Trust site.

The Cotswold Canals


If you only check out one site, apart from cck, this is the one for you and your young people to use for current photos and information about everything to do with the Cotswold Canals. Nick Bird has current photos all along the lines of the two canals, booklists and weblinks.


Finally, if you find any other sites to be useful – or if you have created your own school website, please let us know. Cotswold Canals Knowledge is an interactive website where comments, photos, stories, archive material, are always welcome.


Today’s events are tomorrow’s memories. What you see today will have moved on tomorrow. What do you remember of our canals five years ago, ten years ago, twenty, fifty years ago? Please collect memories from all generations. Restoration of canals and their environments, like that of old buildings, is a process.

This page was added by Iris Capps on 17/05/2010.

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