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.
The Sheffield & Tinsley Canal achieved fame in 1997 by starring in the opening scenes of the comedy film The Full Monty.
Calder Valley Marine now occupy offices and the waterspace at the prestigious Victoria Quays in Sheffield and will be operating the Quays as a fully operational marina. This is excellent news for this...
Tinsley Top Lock No. 1 to Tinsley Bottom Lock No. 12
Sheffield & Tinsley Canal
Bridge 3 Cadman Street to Tinsley No. 1 lock
Today, Sheffield Canal Basin – or Victoria Quays – is an attractive urban destination boasting canalside eateries and a hotel.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
Opened in 1819 to carry boats between the navigable River Don and a new basin in the centre of Sheffield, the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal forms the upper four miles of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation.
The canal's business was badly hit when the railway reached Sheffield in 1830, and it was taken over by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway in 1848 to become part of the River Don Navigation the following year. The Sheffield & South Yorkshire Canal Company Ltd took over the River Don in 1895, and around 1900 there were plans to enlarge the canal, and even to replace it with a ship canal. They remained as plans, and the canal was never enlarged and still has locks just large enough for Yorkshire keels, 61 feet long by 15 feet 6 inches wide.
The enlargement work means that the waterway's architecture is principally that of a modern, functional freight navigation. However, the canal in Sheffield itself has not been enlarged and retains many original characteristics - notably the buildings around the terminal basin. The Straddle Warehouse is particularly noteworthy. It was built over the canal to make loading and unloading easier, and dominates the scene in its new life as an office complex.
The Stainforth & Keadby Canal section is also largely unaltered. The tidal lock at Keadby has been recognised by English Heritage as an ancient monument.
North East Waterways
Find out more about the North East Waterways, their most recent news and events.