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
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Gunthorpe Lock, Trentside, Gunthorpe, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG14 7FB
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The towpath is open every day
Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
For customers of the local pub/café
A visit to Gunthorpe Lock on the outskirts of Nottingham is a blissful way to spend an afternoon and be sure to pack a picnic if the weather is good. An important river crossing on the River Trent for many years, the first Gunthorpe Bridge was built in 1875. Before this a ferry was the only means of crossing the river here.
You can discover more about the lock from the interpretation panel and listening post on site. There's excellent disabled access, with plenty of car parking and a wide towpath.
It's a busy lock, so you should see boats in the summer - and look out for the onsite lock keeper!
What's in a name?
Find out how some of our most beloved rivers got their names
Places to eat:
Dust down your hampers and pick up some strawberries - this is a very popular spot for a picnic
This is a fantastic area for spotting some aquatic wildlife, our challenge: see how many waterbirds you can spot in five minutes!
By car - there is a car park near by
By train - bit of trek from Lowdham Station
By bus - the hourly service of the Rushcliffe Villager goes from Nottingham to Gunthorpe
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