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Our estates department look after our properties along the waterways, including historic warehouses, cottages, offices, industrial estates and land across England and Wales.

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

A solicitor's search enables solicitors and prospective purchasers to understand any rights and obligations associated with a property that's adjacent to one of our waterways.

To carry out a solicitor's search, you can find contact details below and more specific advice in our guidance document.


Different departments manage various aspects of our estate. Please click on the appropriate team link below.

Boating business enquires - for boat yards, marinas and commercial boat agreements

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

Waterway operations enquiries - navigation enquiries, locks, customer facilities, freight and engineering enquiries

For all other estate enquiries, please contact the relevant local team below, letting them know the location and waterway you're enquiring about.


Covering the North East, North West and Manchester and Pennine waterways:

National Waterways Museum South Pier Road Ellesmere Port Cheshire CH65 4FW


Covering the North Wales and borders, East Midlands and West Midlands waterways:

Canal & River Trust
The Roundhouse
1 Sheepcote Street
B16 8AE


Covering the London, South East, Kennet and Avon, and South Wales and Severn waterways:

Canal & River Trust
Norfolk House Silbury Boulevard Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK9 2AH

You can also call our general enquiries team on 0303 040 4040.

Last Edited: 15 September 2023

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