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 or see
Download your free local map
Lock Lane, Cosgrove, Milton Keynes, MK19 7JR or Old Wolverton Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5NL
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Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
For customers of the local pub/café
Cosgrove is an historic village with an attractive church lying to the north of Milton Keynes on the Grand Union Canal. A charming stone bridge stands over the canal in the village centre and anglers cast their lines a short distance south. Cosgrove Park Caravan Site is just along side the canal along the topath to the south of the village.
Walk south and you'll come across the stunning Iron Trunk Aqueduct - a must for a photo opportunity. It's a magnificent Georgian structure, which carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Ouse. Built in 1811 by canal engineer Benjamin Beavan, following the collapse of the previous brick-built structure, the aqueduct stands at an impressive 10.8 metres high and connects Wolverton with Cosgrove.
Walk a bit further to get to Wolverton, where you can reward yourself with a drink at the Galleon before visiting Woverton Medieval Village.
Here's something different - PokéTrails on the South East waterways
Places to eat:
There are picnic benches by the Iron Trunk Aqueduct at the river level
Iron Trunk Aqueduct Trail - download the map
As well as waterbirds and wildlife such as owls and badgers, you'll also find rare breed cattle here
By car - theres a small free car park at Cosgrove and the Parks Trust have a small parking area at Wolverton, as do the pubs
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit