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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 Coventry Canal survived the severe bombing of the city during the blitz, but after the war was in danger of being built over. It was saved by local volunteers.
Escape to a slower pace of life...
We are Roving Traders travelling the inland waterways on our narrow-boat Islonian trading as Flavoursfloat.
Boatfaeries are always busy on NB Sense of Freedom and have a selection of Arts and Handcrafted Gifts on a canal near you.
We sell a wide selection of interesting antique and collectible items with an emphasis on nautical, wooden and canal bygones. We always have a selection of Meashamware teapots available!
Fradley Junction is a hive of activity, with people walking, boating, enjoying nature, or taking a break in the café or pub. Fradley Junction is the spot where the Trent & Mersey Canal and the Coventry...
Family run Canal Boat holiday hire fleet based on the Warwickshire Ring in the Heart of England, with a variety of routes including lock-free; boats ranging from 2 berth to 10 berth, available for weekend,...
Two fabulous locations for your narrowboat holiday or canal barge break. Great prices, great escapes. Wonderful cruising opportunities.
Whittington Bridge to Bridge 80
Whole of Coventry Basin
Bridge 34 to Bridge 40 Taverners
Bridge 86 Streethay to Fradley Junction
River Anker between Bridge 54 Tamworth Road and Bridge 55
Balls Bridge to Lichfield Road Bridge
Fazeley Junction (after visitor moorings, nearest bridge 77) to Sutton Road Bridge
Bridge 69 to Bridge 71
Bridge 10a (M6) to Bridge 34
Bridge 1 Drapers Fields to Bridge 10a (M6)
Bridge 50 Meadow Lane to Bridge 54 Tamworth Road
Bridge 84 Stoney Step to Bridge 85 Kings Orchard
Bridge 85 to Bridge 86 Streethay
Bridge 57 to Bridge 69 Alvecote
Sutton Road Bridge to Balls Bridge
New A5 Bridge 74b to Tame Aqueduct
Bridge 44 Kings Head to Bridge 45
Tame Aqueduct to Fazeley Junction
Bridge 71 Amington Road to Bridge 74b (New A5 Road Bridge)
Bridge 54 Tamworth Road to Bridge 55
Bridge 45 Baddesley to Bridge 50 Meadow Lane
Bridge 40 Taverners to Bridge 44 Kings Head
Bridge 1 Drapers' Fields to Bridge 34 offside
Lichfield Road Bridge to Tamhorn House Bridge
Hademore House Bridge to Whittington Bridge
Bridge 80 to Bridge 84 Stoney Step
The Coventry Canal Society led the campaign to put the canal back at the heart of Coventry. The restored Coventry Canal Basin is now home to shops, small businesses and an art gallery, as well as a colourful collection of narrowboats.
The towpath is great for walking, and along the way you can spot the artworks by local artists. They make up an Art Trail from the Basin to Hawkesbury Junction, the junction with the Oxford Canal.
Beyond Coventry, much of the canal is rural, and home to diverse wildlife. At its other end, the Coventry Canal joins the Trent & Mersey Canal at picturesque Fradley Junction. Here, information boards tell the story of the canal, and a there is a nature reserve where you can go pond-dipping and bird watching.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway
Fradley Junction is one of the most bustling parts of our canals system. It's where boats, people and waterways meet. It's also a great location for a family day out, with living history, pond-dipping and a pub.
Download our free guide to a family day out at Fradley Junction
The Coventry Canal was constructed to connect the rapidly expanding city of Coventry with the Trent & Mersey Canal. This way, its promoters hoped to exploit the potential of the Warwickshire coalfields, shipping fuel both to north (via the Trent & Mersey) and south (via the Oxford Canal).
Its construction period dragged on for over 20 years before the whole line eventually opened in 1790. Nonetheless, it was a profitable venture that still paid a dividend right up to 1947, the year before the canals were taken under the Government's wing.
The section of the Coventry Canal between Fazeley Junction and Fradley Junction proved particularly problematical. The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal had reached Fazeley in 1789, where it joined the Coventry. Frustrated by the lack of progress in completing the Coventry Canal, the Birmingham & Fazeley and Trent & Mersey Canals got permission from Parliament to build the missing section. The two companies built half each, meeting at Whittington; the Coventry Canal then bought the northern portion, which is why there is an apparently isolated stretch of Coventry Canal between Whittington Brook and Fradley.
Commercial traffic north of Nuneaton continued until the 1960s and has now been replaced by increasing volumes of pleasure boats. The line terminates a short walk from the cathedral at a basin that has itself undergone much improvement in recent years.
For about a mile south of Hawkesbury Junction, the old route of the Oxford Canal can be seen running parallel. This was the ludicrous result of a disagreement between the rival companies, which was only resolved when the connection was cut at Hawkesbury. The resulting sharp turn from one canal into the other can present something of a challenge to navigators of longer craft.
The present junction is also known as Sutton Stop, after the family of the same name who once lived in the attendant cottage.
West Midlands waterways
Find out more about the waterways in the West Midlands