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 Ripon Canal starts in the heart of the medieval city of Ripon, with its twisting lanes, and stunning 7th century cathedral.
Providers of skills courses, instruction and guiding for Hillwalking, Navigation, Paddle Sports (canoe & kayak), Nordic Walking, First Aid Training and Leadership.
From Moorings in canal basin to Oxclose Lock
The canal basin is overlooked by restored historic buildings, including a renovated warehouse. A walk along the towpath takes you past moored narrowboats and locks, along a green corridor through the city and out into the countryside.
It is a scenic route, alive with wild flowers and grasses, and a wetland bird sanctuary runs alongside it on the section by Ripon Racecourse.
The canal was abandoned in 1956, but restored thanks to the efforts of local volunteers.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
The waterway was planned as long ago as 1766 when the engineer, John Smeaton, presented a proposal for five lock structures on the eight miles of the River Ure, and the 2.5 miles of the Ripon Canal itself. Public subscription raised £15,000 and a petition was made to Parliament in 1767. A Bill authorising the navigation received Royal Assent on 15 April 1767.
The works were carried out by the engineer John Smith, and Milby Lock and cut were completed in 1769. One of the first cast iron bridges in the country was built over the canalised section of the waterway to carry the Great North Road to Boroughbridge.
Coal traffic to Boroughbridge was seriously affected when the Great Northern Railway opened from Darlington to York in 1841. The canal was purchased by the Leeds & Thirsk Railway in 1844, becoming part of the North Eastern Railway in 1855.
Although the British Transport Commission obtained Royal Assent for the abandonment of the Ripon Canal in 1956, it was successfully reopened for navigation as far as Littlethorpe Road Bridge in 1986. The canal was officially reopened right into the centre of Ripon in September 1996, with the assistance of the Ripon Canal Society and local authorities, with funding from English Partnerships. For a short while, Ripon Basin was the northernmost point on England's waterway network - but as a result of the new Ribble Link, which connects the Lancaster Canal to the main system, this title is now claimed by Tewitfield on the Lancaster Canal.
North East Waterways
Find out more about the North East Waterways, their most recent news and events.