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 and see
Download your free local map
Tees Barrage Way, Tees Barrage, Stockton on Tees, TS18 2QW
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Towpath and walkway open every day
Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
For customers of the local pub/café
It’s where our canals and rivers meet the sea!
Sitting on our most northly river, the River Tees, is our own angelic attraction – the Tees Barrage. We know what you’re thinking – it’s an impressive civil engineering project but what makes it a great day out?
While its vital statistics are indeed incredible - £55 million to build, 70 metres wide, 50 tonne fish belly gates holding back the tide – to name but a few. It’s what the barrage has created that is truly inspiring and well worth a visit. Olympic standard water courses, wildlife habitats, a rediscovered heritage and a rejuvenated community all start their stories around our Tees Barrage.
Did we mention watersports? If it's on water, you can do it at Tees: windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, rowing, angling - even powerboat racing and white water rafting.
We're urgently looking for education volunteers to help out with our Explorers at Tees Barrage - find out more here
Tees Barrage secrets revealed
Take a look at what happened when we drained the water from the locks gates
Fish pass update
Seals hunt salmon all the way up to the Tees Barrage. Here we update you with the latest findings from our monitoring
There is a good grassy area for a picnic
While there's plenty of places to spot swans, ducks, as well as our new wildlife garden, at Tees you can see something alittle more ocean-going. Seals, and sometimes, whales swim up river to the barrage!
By boat - plan your safe passage on the River Tees with our River Tees Guidance Notes and Barrage Reach timetable
By car - There is a large free car park along navigation way. You can also park at the Tees Barrage International White Water Cente
By train - Thornaby Station is the nearest at a 10 to 15 minute walk away
By cycle or foot - there are some brilliant cycling and walking routes and path all around and across the barrage. You can find more information and maps about walking in the Stockton area, on the council website
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit