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The UK offers a wide choice of waterways.  Most of the 2500 miles of waterways in England & Wales are interconnected and form the so-called 'Connected System' or 'Waterways System'.
Other UK waterways are not connected but are open to navigation. Among these are the Broads in East Anglia, and the North & South waterways of Scotland.

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The English & Welsh Waterways consist of three types:

1 - Navigable rivers
They typically allow the passage of wide boats of 11 to 14 feet or considerably wider. Lower parts of rivers are often tidal and should not be navigated by inexperienced captains.

Examples are the Rivers Avon & Severn in the West Midlands, the River Trent in Yorkshire, the Rivers Ouse & Nene in the East, and the Rivers Thames, Kennet, Wey & Lee in the South-East.

2 - Broad canals
These often interconnect the navigable rivers to form South-to-East connections throughout the country, such as the Kennet & Avon Canal in the South or the Leeds & Liverpool Canal up North. The most famous one is the Grand Union Canal connecting London with Birmingham.

3 - Narrow Canals
These are the waterways of the Midlands built to take boats of 7 feet wide. They form the dense network of inland connections between navigable rivers and broad canals. Access to these canals is restricted to the typical English narrowboats, which are unique to Europe.

The UK East Anglia Waterways

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads lie to the east of Norwich in East Anglia.
Man-made diggings for turf, they now offer 200 miles of navigable rivers and broads. Navigation is easy as there are no locks but ... tidal, requiring some attention with low bridges

The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and broads (lakes), most of which are navigable. The square area of the Norfolk Broads totals 303 kilometres, most of this is in the County of Norfolk, and just over 200 square kilometres of these waterways are navigable, covering seven rivers and 63 Broads. The depth of these waterways is usually less than 4 metres deep. Thirteen of the broads are completely navigable whilst three others have channels open to navigation running through them.

The Broads range from small ponds through the large areas such as Hickling, Barton and Breydon. The majority are located in the northern half of Broadland which encompass the Rivers, Bure, Ant and Thurne. Central and Southern parts of Broadland encompass the Rivers Waveney, Yare and Chet, however all the waterways are tidal but the effect of the tide decreases the further away from the coast until reaches upstream from Barton Broad are almost non tidal.

Waterway's place in Suffolk :
Most of this river forms the boundary between Norfolk and Suffolk, except for about two miles, where it passes first through Suffolk and then through Norfolk before returning to its course on the county boundary, and the first 3½ miles from the original head of the navigable river at Thetford Town Bridge, which is wholly within Norfolk.

Waterway Description:
A 22.5 mile tributary of the Great Ouse. Currently only navigable for 13 miles.