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

The Estates department manage a significant portfolio of property that includes historic warehouses, cottages, offices, industrial estates and land across England and Wales.

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The commercial income generated from the estate portfolio is re-invested directly into the maintenance and upkeep of the Trust's network of waterways.

Solicitor’s search

A solicitor’s search enables solicitors and prospective purchasers to understand any rights and obligations associated with a property that is adjacent to a waterway managed by the Trust.

To undertake a solicitor's search, please refer to the following solicitor’s search guidance


The Trust have dedicated departments managing various aspects of the whole estate. If your enquiry falls under one of the following sections, please click on the links to enable the Trust to deal with your enquiry efficiently:

Boating Trade Enquires - for enquiries regarding: boat yards, marinas and commercial boat agreements

Utility Enquiries - for enquiries regarding: surface water discharges, abstractions, industrial heating, and pipe/media crossings and easements

Waterway Operational Enquiries - such as: navigation enquiries, locks, customer facilities, freight and engineering enquiries

For all other Estates enquiries please contact the following teams depending on the location of your enquiry:

North Estate

Covering the North East, North West and Manchester and Pennine Waterways

Canal & River Trust
Estates Department
Fearns Wharf
Neptune Street

Midlands Estate

Covering the North Wales and Borders, Central Shires, East Midlands and West Midlands Waterways

Canal & River Trust
Estates Department
Peel’s Wharf
Lichfield Street
B78 3QZ             

South Estate

Covering the London, South East, Kennet and Avon, and South Wales and Severn Waterways

Canal & River Trust
Estates Department
First Floor North
Station House
500 Elder Gate
Milton Keynes

Alternatively, please call the general enquiries team: 0303 040 4040

In order for the Trust to deal with your enquiry efficiently, please make note of the geographical location of your enquiry and the waterway next to which your enquiry is concerned.

Last date edited: 7 August 2015