Get a fascinating insight into the canal winter stoppage programme with C&RT’s video.
This is made up of the jobs the Canal & River Trust can only carry out by closing the canal (hence the name ‘stoppages’) and include replacing lock gates, relining channels, repairing weirs and grouting the lock walls.
Every year they hold a number of open days and invite the public to come and see what they’re up to. Open days at the lock-making workshops, which produce around 180-200 lock gates to be fitted during our winter works are always popular.
Other past open days have seen thousands of people (in single file) descending into a lock, guided heritage walks and boat trips to see work in progress.
The open days are a great way to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the network, which in some cases only comes around a few times each century.