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Stunning photographs reveal Britain's most beautiful waterways, spanning the length and breadth of the country

Daily Mail Logo Daily Mail | Slide 1 of 52: They are the veins that run through our cities and countryside – Britain’s rivers, canals and tributaries have kept the nation connected through the centuries. Aside from aiding transport, our waterways define both our urban and rural landscapes with their striking beauty. Many an artist and writer has found inspiration while walking along a canal footpath or relaxing in a deckchair by a gently flowing river. The Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame famously based the setting for one of the nation’s favourite children's novels, The Wind in the Willows, on the Thames riverside location of his childhood home in Berkshire. And why not take your lead from Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger and go on your own adventure – be it cruising, rowing or canoeing through a glorious part of Britain, stopping for a lazy pub lunch with a view, of course. The only question is where to start. Scroll through for our celebration of Britain’s most beautiful waterways captured throughout the seasons and see if they spark some wanderlust...

They are the veins that run through our cities and countryside – Britain’s rivers, canals and tributaries have kept the nation connected through the centuries. Aside from aiding transport, our waterways define both our urban and rural landscapes with their striking beauty. Many an artist and writer has found inspiration while walking along a canal footpath or relaxing in a deckchair by a gently flowing river. The Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame famously based the setting for one of the nation’s favourite children's novels, The Wind in the Willows, on the Thames riverside location of his childhood home in Berkshire. And why not take your lead from Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger and go on your own adventure – be it cruising, rowing or canoeing through a glorious part of Britain, stopping for a lazy pub lunch with a view, of course. The only question is where to start. Scroll through for our celebration of Britain’s most beautiful waterways captured throughout the seasons and see if they spark some wanderlust...
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