Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal links urban and rural landscapes. It begins at Gas Street Basin, in the heart of Birmingham’s shopping and cultural districts, leading out into the green and peaceful Midlands countryside.
22nd Feb 2018 11:00am to 20th Mar 2018 8:00am
Due to essential embankment works on Minworth locks the water feed down to Curdworth locks has been massively reduced so to preserve the water levels in the lock flight we have had to reluctantly close...
2nd Jan 2018 8:00am to 20th Mar 2018 8:00am
Embankment and Canal Leakage repairs. Unfortunately there is no passage window or diversion due to the dewatering of the whole section.
Suppliers Of Red Diesel & Biodegradable Oils & Greases
Building Bespoke Boats, refurbishments in Tamworth.
We are Roving Traders travelling the inland waterways on our narrow-boat Islonian trading as Flavoursfloat.
Handmade greetings cards and stationery for all occasions. Orders taken for bespoke cards.
Wood Lane Bridge to Brace Factory Bridge at Holly Lane
Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
Curdworth Tunnel North East Portal to Dunton Wharf Bridge
Curdworth Church Bridge to Curdworth Tunnel South West Portal
Cuckoo Bridge to Salford Junction
Brace Factory Bridge (Holly Lane) to Broad Bulk Bridge
Salford Junction to Wood Lane Bridge
Dunton Wharf Bridge to Fazeley Junction
Broad Bulk Bridge to Curdworth Church Bridge
Snowhill Old Bridge to Cuckoo Bridge
Digbeth BranchFazeley Street Bridge to Tunnel 2 Curzon
In its industrial heyday, the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal was shut away from the city behind high walls. However, in the 1980s, it was reborn as a green haven for locals, with new access points and the towpath resurfaced for walking.
The canal takes you past many central Birmingham landmarks, including the Post Office Tower. The Farmer's Bridge Lock Flight is one of the outstanding sights on Birmingham's canal network. The canal plunges down through dramatically floodlit archways, office undercrofts, and claustrophobic tunnels. It is a truly atmospheric link to the past in the middle of a modern city.
Salford Junction, the waterway interchange in the bowels of Spaghetti Junction, is starkly impressive. At Drayton Bassett, once the home of Sir Robert Peel, there is a curious Gothic footbridge, with little white turrets either side of the canal.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway
Explore the historic canals of Birmingham City Centre and find other fascinating places to visit near you
This scheme started as an attempt by disgruntled Birmingham industrialists, in conjunction with the Trent & Mersey, Coventry and Oxford Canals, to break the monopoly of the Birmingham Canal. They promoted a Bill in Parliament, and the Birmingham Canal retaliated by promoting a virtually identical scheme. Parliament chose the established company and an agreement was then made that the two companies be amalgamated. With John Smeaton as engineer, the canal opened in 1789.
The Digbeth Branch opened in 1799. Its end is joined with the Warwick & Birmingham Canal, the first link in the direct canal route to London.
The Farmer’s Bridge Flight became exceedingly busy, kept open day and night, and lit by gas during the hours of darkness. There was said to be ‘nearly 70 steam engines and about 124 wharfs and works seated on the banks of the canal between Farmer’s Bridge and Aston. Because the flight was so hemmed in by property there was no room to duplicate it. This was one of the main reasons leading to the construction of the Tame Valley Canal.
The West Midlands waterways
Find out about the latest events and the future plans for the West Midlands