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 and heritage
Things to do and see
Download your free local map
Coventry Canal Basin, St Nicholas Street, Coventry CV1 4LY
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There are public toilets a short walk from the basin
Bishop Street Basin, in the heart of Coventry, has now been restored and marks the end of the Coventry Canal. It's home to shops, small businesses and a range of historic canal architecture. It has a welcoming community of boaters, and is an ideal starting point for your Sunday afternoon canalside walk.
A footbridge over the ringroad let's you walk from the basin to the town centre, with places to shop, eat and drink.
The basin itself features a bronze statue of the famous 18th century canal engineer James Brindley - one of 15 artworks commissioned from local artists for the Canal Art Trail, which extends from the basin to Hawkesbury Junction. Check out great community activities such as performance, live music and art events at The Tin Music and Arts in the Coal Vaults.
Look out for the resident ducks and swans - just make sure you feed them something healthy!
By car - there's pay and display parking on the road close to the basin.
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Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit