Welcome stations in the West Midlands

Across the West Midlands' waterways, we now have five welcome stations. Why not go for a walk, run, ride, paddle or cruise along your local canal and come and say hello.

Many of our visitors want to know more about the nations’ canals and rivers but would like more information when they’re out and about. So we've set up welcome stations at key locations, manned by volunteers who have an interest in canals.

In fact, they have some great stories to share and really know the history and tall tales from the towpath - just walk, run, ride or cruise along to your nearest welcome station today.

Fradley Welcome Station

On the Trent & Mersey Canal at Fradley Junction, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7DN. A team of volunteer lock keepers are also based here along with a team of towpath taskforce and conservation volunteers. See our places to visit guide.  

Greeter volunteers at Fradley Welcome Station

Hatton Welcome Station

Based at Lock 43, Hatton flight on the Grand Union Canal near Warwick, CV35 7JL.

Hawkesbury Welcome Station

Between the Coventry Canal and Oxford Canal at Sutton Stop, Hawkesbury Junction CV9 6DF, close to the Greyhound Inn Public House stands the old Sutton Stop toll house. The Hawkesbury Towpath Taskforce volunteers also meet here. Hawkesbury Welcome Station

Stratford Welcome Station

Find us on board the ‘William James’ information boat at Bancroft Basin, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6YY. 

Stratford Welcome Station

Cambrian Welcome Station

At our Canal & River Trust office near to Lock 1 at Farmer’s bridge lock flight on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, B1 2AN.

How will you help?

We can only do the work we do to keep our wonderful waterways open and accessible for everyone to use and enjoy everyday thanks to work of our army of volunteers.

So if you know your barge from your butty or can crank a windlass with the best of them, get in touch. Check out our volunteering page and help us make life better by water.

Last date edited: 13 August 2018