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

Manchester & Pennine

Through Manchester, Cheshire and the Pennine, water flows from dense major towns to open countryside, wild and dramatic. Our waterways offer both a lively city experience and wonderful countryside.

It's people that make our canals and rivers. They are the families, visitors, students and communities that bring life to our waterways. 

Along with our waterway partnership we are guardians of these very precious waters, and we believe every individual should be entitled to create special memories on and around our waterways.

We are incredibly proud of the canals and rivers we manage between Kidsgrove, Huddersfield, Sowerby Bridge and Greater Manchester. We also enjoy our magnificent Standedge Tunnel, one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways.

Flooding update

Read the latest news for flooding in your area


If you're planning an event on our waterways take a look at our event planning pages.

If you're holding an event on one of our waterways we'll add your event to our listings if you email us at feedback@canalrivertrust.org.uk. Don't forget to send a picture!

Have a listen

Institution of Civil Engineers series on Making Manchester – the Venice of the North