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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
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Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Find your favourite waterway
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Something for everyone
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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.
Smethwick’s 190-year old Engine Arm Aqueduct is being drained for the first time in 15 years ahead of important repairs
Built in 1825 by renowned engineer Thomas Telford, the aqueduct carries the Engine Arm Canal over the Birmingham Canal Navigation in Smethwick. Historically, the aqueduct helped to transfer a vital supply of water from Edgbaston Reservoir to ensure the canals around the West Midlands were kept topped up.
The aqueduct is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is one of only a few canal aqueducts in the Midlands to carry a canal directly over the top of another canal.
Lawrence Tall, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Engine Arm Aqueduct is a real masterpiece of engineering. It’s been in service for almost 200 years and to this day remains an immensely important part of the region’s canal system.
“Because the structure is showing signs of its age with a few leaks, we’re putting in dams and then pumping out the water to find out exactly what work is required to keep it in service for another 200 years.
“Once we know where the aqueduct is leaking we’ll spend the next few weeks working out how best to repair it and then come back in the new year to carry out the full repair.”
Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands Waterways Partnership, said: “It’s great to see this impressive structure getting some much needed attention. The aqueduct was built locally in the Black Country and it is testament to the skills of the ironworkers of the day that it is still working nearly 200 years later.”
Come and visit us
During each winter works season we hold a number of free open days and this year is no exception
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018