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.
Planning your visit
History & heritage
Things to do and see
Download your free local map
Boddington Reservoir, Boddington Road, Byfield, Northamptonshire, NN11 6XU
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Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
There are no toilets on site, the nearest toilets can be found in the villages of Upper Boddington and Byfield, 1/2 mile walk in either direction
Surrounded by lovely Northamptonshire countryside, Boddington Reservoir is an oasis of water, greenery and wildlife. Just the place for family walks and budding nature detectives.
Boddington is one the many lakes and reservoirs we own and look after to supply the water to our canals - in this case the Oxford and Grand Union Canals.
But where Boddington Reservoir excells is in its fishing. It's one of the South Midlands' top match venues, a 65-acre reservoir where you are virtually guaranteed a catch. Anglers return here time and time again.
Angling at Boddington Reservoir
With opening times, prices and permit information, see our commercial fisheries page for full details
Looking after the water
Find out what it takes to make sure there's enough water in our canals and rivers
Places to eat:
While it's all about the picnics at the reservoir, the villages of Upper Boddington and Byfield are around half a mile away and offer a number of cafes and pubs
There are picnic benches dotted around the reservoir and plenty of places to lay a picnic blanket down
Since the creation of the reservoir it has been gradually colonised by birds, insects and wild flowers. Look out for some more unusual wildlife: green woodpeckers, toads, grass snakes, gulls and, of course, our thriving fish population
By car - there's a free car park at the reservoir
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Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit