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
Waterside, Bancroft Basin, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BB
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Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
There are public toilets in the town centre
Bancroft Basin, on the Stratford upon Avon Canal, lies in the heart of historic Stratford. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and the River Avon, it's easy to miss this hidden gem. The basin is busy with colourful boats and is a great place to start your visit to Stratford and the many attractions devoted to William Shakespeare.
There's always something on - look out for the floating and Christmas markets here.
Or stop by our welcome station on the ‘William James’ to meet our volunteers and to pick up a copieof our local visitor guide.
Meet Helen and David
Boating on the Stratford upon Avon Canal
Hello Steve and Izzie
Taking part in the Stratford River Festival
Places to eat:
Picnic spots can be found along the riverside and in Bancroft Gardens
Be ready to feed loads of ducks, moorhens and swans - just make sure you feed them something healthy! No bread as it's bad for their tummies.
By car - pay & display car parking is available along the riverside and in the town centre
By train - Stratford upon Avon train station is a 10 minute walk down the high street to the basin
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit
South Stratford Canal
Admit it, you're discovering a whole new canal...