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 pretty River Ure is a great place to escape the crowds, flowing through the remote valley of Wensleydale. When it reaches Swale Nab, it changes its name and becomes the River Ouse.
River Ure (a) Boroughbridge Road Bridge to 53m above (b) Boroughbridge Road Bridge Downstream to Milby Lock and upstream of the weir on the Milby Cut side (c) A point 187m above Boroughbridge Road Bridge...
River Ure Boroughbridge River Bridge to Nab End
The scenery along the River Ure is spectacular, with waterfalls, wildflower meadows, woodlands and rugged hills. Newby Hall and its splendid gardens are just above Westwick Lock. A long landing welcomes visitors.
We look after the River Ure from Ripon downstream.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
The River Ure was promoted in 1767 as part of plans to improve navigation on the Swale, the Ouse and, by canal, to Ripon. The canal opened in 1773, and was enlarged around 1838, but was taken over by the Leeds and Thirsk Railway in 1845. The canal had effectively closed by 1892, and although its works survived, it was not nationalised in 1948. A new Ripon Canal Company was set up in 1961, with many boat owners involved, and the canal was eventually reopened throughout in 1996.
The River Ure has a rewarding ecology, especially upstream of Boroughbridge. Many of Britain's endangered river creatures can be found in its waters - including otters, water voles and white-clawed crayfish. Birdlife includes kingfishers and little ringed plovers, and there are some rare fish, such as river lamprey and Atlantic salmon.
Our canals and rivers abound with secret destinations, hidden gems which are perfect for a family day out. We've put together some free guides to help you discover the hidden gems on your doorstep.
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North East Waterways
Read our plans and all the latest news from our team in the North East.