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 Huddersfield Broad Canal provides a space for nature in the urban surroundings of Huddersfield.
29th Jan 2018 8:00am to 30th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Repairs are being carried out to an area of collapsed washwall. The towpath will be closed whilst these works are being carried out.
Aspley Basin to Lock1 excluding the basin
Huddersfield Broad Canal
For many boaters, it is the gateway to the Pennines, and it is also popular for walking, cycling and angling.
The Huddersfield Broad Canal has been reborn from a weed-clogged channel in the 1980s to a popular boating route today, thanks to the restoration of the connecting Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the upgrading of the canal facilities.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
Situated on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Standedge Tunnel is the longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel to be built in Britain - and the nearby Visitor Centre is a great place for a family day out. We've put together a free map and guide to Standedge Tunnel, with useful information for all the family.
Download your guide
The three-mile Huddersfield Broad Canal linked the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in the centre of Huddersfield with the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge. Originally known as Sir John Ramsden's Canal, his family virtually owned Huddersfield, before becoming known as the Broad Canal to distinguish it from the Narrow Canal. It served the developing textile industry, bringing in coal and raw materials and shipping out manufactured textiles. It was taken over by the London & North Western Railway in 1847, and purchased by the Calder & Hebble Navigation in 1945.
Unlike the Huddersfield Narrow, the Broad Canal was never abandoned. However, it saw little use for 50 years until the Narrow was reopened in 2001, when the Broad Canal became part of a through-route once again.
North East waterways
Discover the waterways of the North East