We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Carpenters Road Lock

For the first time in over 40 years, boats will soon be able to travel from the Old River Lea to Waterworks River, thanks to restoration work taking place on the Bow Back Rivers.

This animation has been produced by KGAL especially for the Carpenters Road Lock restoration programme.

We are incredibly proud to be part of this ten-year programme to revamp the Bow Back Rivers. Carpenters Road Lock is intergral to the Olympic Legacy Framework and with funding from us, Heritage Lottery Fund, London Legacy Development Corporation and Inland Waterways Association - this significant lock will become a showpiece waterside destination.

Watch the full restoration online

Full restoration of Carpenters Road Lock: two cameras are installed on site, giving you a close up view of the works.

Did you know...? The lock is significant from an engineering point of view, as it had the only ‘double radial lock gates’ in the country. Built in the 1930s this design included two convex-shaped gates that lifted up vertically to enable boats to pass through. 

Getting involved

We have a small team delivering fun and inspiring sessions to schools, groups and families in Enfield, Waltham Forest, Hackney, and Tower Hamlets. We are now aiming to expand the team, which will enable us to start supporting school visits from Carpenters Road Lock at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as visiting schools and groups in the surrounding areas (Borough of Newham).

We are looking for people who can volunteer flexibly, can commit to at least 3-4 days a month (mainly week days) – usually between 9am – 3:30pm. We'll provide you with resources and full training on how to deliver our sessions to children. You'll also have the support of an education coordinator as well as the other volunteers in your team, and we'll reimburse you for all travel costs. No experience is necessary, though we do welcome confident speakers and those who have experience of working with children.

As part of the restoration celebrations we're planning a range of events and activities, including a floating classroom and water safety visits as well as land based trips.

We’re also running a series of heritage workshops, guided walks, and have plans for a large opening festival next August, when people can learn about the history of the lock and rivers and experience live performances and contemporary art.

For more information on events or the project, please email joanna.steele@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Waterways

We are once again looking after the day-to-day care of these rivers, continuing to work closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation. We have jointly produced a strategy – our Olympic Legacy Waterways Framework – which sets out how the waterways can continue to be improved and enjoyed by all in the years to come.

If you have any questions about Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Waterways or would like to express an interest in future cruises please email waterways@londonlegacy.co.uk.


Last date edited: 21 February 2017