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 and heritage
Things to do and see
Download your free local map
Birch Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9AA
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Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets are available in the town centre
The attractive market town of Ellesmere stands on the banks of the charming Llangollen Canal in Shropshire. Ellesmere town enjoys an idyllic location next to The Mere, an enchanting lake which is part of ‘Shropshire's Lakeland'. For a day out with the kids, pack a picnic and walk along the Llangollen Canal to the Mere Visitor Centre - home to wildlife, rowing boats, manicured gardens, a children's play area and relaxing woodland walks.
But head to the town wharf junction with the main canal to take a second look at that collection of old historic canal buildings and old forge... it's still in use today by the Canal & River Trust for making some of the harder-to-find heritage metalwork for our 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, locks and bridges.
Ellesmere Yard at war
Our heritage team take a closer look at the role our yard played during the war
What happened when we let the public see our yard on its open day
Places to eat:
there's a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Ellsemere's town centre just a few minutes walk up the wharf
There are a few beches scattered near the canal
Thinking of feeding the resident ducks, coots and swans? Check our duck guide for what to and what not to feed them.
By car - parking is available in the town centre
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit