Maintaining our waterways

Our canals and rivers need our help every single day to make sure that they remain open and accessible to the millions of you who spend time on them each year.

While the heritage of our waterways is important to us, time isn’t always our friend. Over time our lock gates rot, our towpaths can become overgrown and our canals can silt up so that they become hard to navigate.

To keep our waterways open and accessible to everyone our maintenance teams take on a year-round battle with the elements. 

This section of the website will show you what we do to make sure your visit to the waterways is as enjoyable as you would expect it to be.

Last date edited: 6 December 2017