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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
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Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
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Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
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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.
Dr Helen Rawling from Discovering Britain suggests three walks that will help you get even more from our Dudley Canal Open Day.
Planning to go to the Dudley Canal Open Day on 4 March? Then why not make a day of it and try a Discovering Britain walk to really delve into the stories behind the local canals.
Take a waterside walk
A walk by the water helps everyone to feel good. Find your nearest towpath walk
Discovering Britain has been created by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to explore the stories behind Britain’s rich and varied landscapes. We create walks, shorter trails and viewpoints and all of these are free to download from our website.
Just a mile away from the Open Day at Lock 3 Parkhead is the Bumble Hole Visitor Centre, the start of our short trail around the Dudley Canal at Windmill End.
This section of the Dudley Canal was built from 1779 to link Stourbridge and Tipton. It was mainly used to transport coal as there was a rich seam, which was mined here. Indeed, in the 18th and 19th centuries this open space was a noisy and dirty workshop, lined with a heady mix of factories, boatyards, blast furnaces and collieries. This mile-long walk uncovers the hidden past of this now tranquil spot.
Within Dudley itself, why not try our longer five-mile Dudley walk? Meandering along a leafy green corridor in the heart of the Black Country, this route explores how Dudley’s unique geology fuelled the Industrial Revolution. We’ll walk along a section of the Dudley Canal built from 1775 by Lord Ward of Dudley to link his colliery and limestone mines with nearby factories and towns. Discover how canals were the region’s lifeblood and find out why some even went underground!
Or you can head south for our 1 ½ mile walk along the Town Arm of the Stourbridge Canal. The Stourbridge Canal is only 5 miles long and was built to bring coal from Dudley where it was used in several industries, including glassmaking. In fact, there were so many glass companies based here that the area is known as ‘the Crystal Mile’. Explore how Stourbridge became the home of British glassmaking and birthplace of the unique ‘Stourbridge Lion’!
All these walks come complete with maps and directions. Either download the PDF booklets or follow the walks as you go with your mobile.
There are over 300 free walking activities on Discovering Britain, plus 100 stunning aerial photographs. Every landscape has a story to tell and you can uncover them by visiting the website.
Discover a whole new world
See the canals like you've never seen them before. Walk through a drained lock and hear our experts bring it all to life at our Open Days
Last date edited: 14 February 2018