Every winter we replace lock gates, dredge to ensure the water is deep enough for boats, undertake maintenance on our mechanical structures, and carry out a host of other heritage repairs and tasks to keep the network open and help ensure its resilience to climate change.
Virtual open days
Our programme of online 'behind the scenes' tours give those who aren't local, or prefer the virtual experience, the opportunity to see the breadth of works taking place.
These events include, amongst others Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, pumping stations on the Kennet & Avon Canal and emergency breach repairs at Rishton, also on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
In-person open days
In February and March we ran a series of in-person open days, inviting you to walk along the bottom of a drained waterway, see the working industrial heritage up close, hear from the teams involved and find out more about our essential work to keep the nation's history flowing.
These open days have now finished, but check back next winter to see what we have planned for 2023.
Help protect canals for nature
With so much of the nation's nature under threat, help our precious wildllife find the canal habitats they need. #ActNowForCanals today, so that together we can make our waterways a wonderful, thriving corridor of life.