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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Since the Grantham Canal closed to boating in 1929, nature has reclaimed it. It is still mostly full of water, and is a valuable wetland habitat, running through the arable landscape of the Vale of Belvoir.
Choose to take your canal boat holiday from a choice of nine holiday centres, from the Peak District to the Midlands, Cheshire, Cambridge, Oxford, Wiltshire, Scotland, Wales and London, each with their...
Bridge 15 Hollygate Lane to Bridge 12 Cotgrave Road
Bridge 54 Redmile Town to Bridge 53 Redmile Mill
Bridge 39 Hose Road to Bridge 37 Long Clawson
Bridge 27 Irish Jacks to Bridge 26 Wilds
Bridge 12 Cotgrave Road to Bridge 7 Tollerton Road
Bridge 7 Tollerton Road to Bridge 2 Lady Bay Bridge
Bridge 26 Wilds to Bridge 15 Hollygate Lane
Bridge 33 Collishaw Swing Bridge to a point 670 metres east of Bridge 30 Hickling Road
Bridge 30 Hickling Road to Bridge 27 Irish Jacks
Bridge 37 Long Clawson to Smite Aquaduct
Smite Aqueduct to Bridge 33 Collishaw Swing Bridge
Bridge 53 Redmile Mill to Bridge 51 Barkstone New
Much of the canal is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to a rich diversity of wildlife. The reedbeds are home to rare bird species including sedge warbler, reed warbler and reed bunting. The towpath has been rebuilt as a lovely walking and cycling route.
The Grantham Canal Society is working on ways to restore the canal for boats, while preserving it as a space for nature. A stretch of canal from Woolsthorpe to the A1 near Grantham is now once again navigable and the Society runs boat trips there.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
Our canals are rich in history and wildlife, making for great spots for a family day out. Nottingham is particularly blessed with several must-see locations on its doorstep.
Woolsthorpe is a great place for a short walk along the canal; for a longer walk you could follow the Grantham to Bottesford Railway Walk, which includes several miles along the towpath.
Find other places to visit near you
Conceived during the 'Canal Mania' years at the end of the 18th century, the canal was a profitable enterprise up until the arrival of the railways in the 1850s. A gradual decline in traffic led to the canal being abandoned by the London & North Eastern Railway, its then owners, in 1936.
Much of the canal remained in water due to agreements for irrigating agriculture, although a section at Cropwell Bishop was allowed to dry out. The rural route of the canal meant that it escaped infilling, though a railway embankment was built across the canal at Woolthorpe in the 1950s and has had to be excavated.
Many hump-backed bridges were replaced with flat bridges over the years, and this has also created an obstacle to navigation.
East Midlands waterways
Check out what's happening on the region's waterways