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
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
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Aboyne Road, London, NW10 OEX
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Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
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Surrounded by buildings and fast roads, Brent Reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with the open water and associated habitats supporting a unusually large selection of wetland birds and plants for an inner city reservoir. Perhaps that's why it's an oasis of water, greenery and calm. It's just the place to escape the bustle of urban life.
Top tip! Take binoculars and look for the amazing water birds. As well as the odd sailing boat of course.
Places to eat:
There are some lovely spots to have a picnic beside the water
Take one of our nature spotters' guides. This is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The standing open water and associated habitats such as willow car, and fen and marsh support a diverse set of wetland birds - little grebes, great crested grebes, willow warbler - and ducks of course!
While the wetlands areas support plants including: lesser pond-sedge, water forget-me-not, branched bur-reed, marsh woundwort, water-plantain, flowering rush, water dock and lesser reedmace.
By car - there's limited free parking off the North circular Edward Road and Woodfield Park. From the A5 turn into Cool Oak Lane, where a narrow bridge separates the Northern and Eastern marshes. Parking is available about 100 metres past the bridge
By train - Hendon is the nearest train station with Neasdon the nearest underground. They're at opposite ends of the reservoir
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