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 & see
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Certificate of Excellence 2017
Download your free local map
Westport Lake, Westport Lake Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4RZ
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Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
The Visitor Centre has toilets
Westport Lake is Stoke-on-Trent's largest expanse of water and its one of the best places on the canal system to watch birds. While the Canal & River Turst own the lake, it's managed day to day by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Stoke City Council.
On the edge of the lake is a visitor centre and café run by the Wildlife Trust. It's a great place to start your visit and discover more about the area and its fascinating wildlife.
Alongside the lake is our Trent & Mersey Canal, which takes you into Burslem and Stoke on Trent's potteries along the towpath.
There are picnic benches and grassy areas around the site
The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust run a number of walking events
Westport Lake is an important site for overwintering birds and is a nature reserve run by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust so it's all about bird spotting here
By car - SAT NAV ST6 4RZ. Free public car parking next to the visitor centre
By rail - Stoke station is just 5 miles away, while Longport Rail is 1 mile from the visitor centre
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