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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
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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We've been craning out lock gates in advance of our free open day.
On Saturday 5 December from 10am-4pm, you'll have the rare opportunity to venture to the bottom of Wolverhampton Top Lock in central Wolverhampton.
The work at this Grade II listed structure will cost £55,000 in total and involve highly skilled craftsmanship. The lock’s bottom gates are being replaced after more than 20 years’ service and the top gates are being refitted and relined to reduce water leakage.
The new gates, which were made at nearby Bradley lock gate workshop in Bilston, will arrive at the lock by boat as gates would have done during the industrial revolution.
With approximately 1,800 ‘lockages’ (uses of the lock) recorded in 2014, the works are vital to ensuring that the 200 year old lock structure can still be used by boaters enjoying the BCN. The lock is due to be operational again by 11th December.
Ian Lane, waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust in the region said: “Our open days are a fascinating showcase which give local people the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at some amazing craftsmanship. To walk along the bed of a 200 year old lock, see the waterways’ original 18th century design and understand the scale of the work we do to care for it, is a real privilege.”
Wolverhampton Top Lock open day will be held on Saturday 5th December between 10am and 4pm in central Wolverhampton WV1 1LE. Please do wear sturdy shoes if you would like to go down into the lock.
Explore our other open days
We're holding a series of free tours around our restoration sites this winter
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