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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Consall Forge, Wetley Rocks, Stoke on Trent, ST9 0AJ
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Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
In the pub
Consall Forge sits on the small but perfectly formed Caldon Canal. A canal that in its day brough limestone down from the hills into the industrial heartland of Stoke on Trent.
Set alongside Consall Nature Park, today Consall Forge is a beautiful location to start enjoying your local waterways. Take a picnic and spend a relaxing afternoon at the canalside, keeping an eye out for passing boats and local wildlife. Go for a stroll and explore the local history, including the Churnet Valley Steam Railway. Follow one of the nature park trails, or try your hand at fishing, canoeing, or even pond dipping!
Off the beaten track
You'll be surprised what our heritage team get up to on the Caldon Canal
Places to eat:
There are plenty of wide grassy areas perfect for picnics
Download either our nature spotters' guide, our duck guide and even our fish guide and get spotting!
By car - closest parking at The Black Lion pub, the nearest public parking is in Consall Nature Park
By boat - see our list of visitor moorings and facilities for details
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 125 fantastic places to visit