Canals were once the main highways of the UK and were used to transport many of the industrial goods made. They are manmade and need man to maintain and keep in running order for them to continue to be of use. Today the majority of their use is for pleasure purposes rather than moving industrial goods but this has resulted in new life and enthusiasm for keeping these waterways open for navigation. Interestingly we can see a growing trend for the use of canals as potential sites for dwellings with more and more people now using their canal boats primarily as a place of residence and not necessarily as a means of travel. If this trend continues it will put added pressures on these waterways and there use for leisure travel. Fortunately this is not a major issue at this time and the canals continue their life as important leisure pursuit means of water travel.