Looking after our 200 year old canal heritage takes time and money, and this winter the Canal and Rivers Trust (CART) are spending an incredible £45 million to look after 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales.
If you fancy taking a look for yourself at the type of work that is essential for our 200 year old canal heritage then CART have regular open days where you are invited to take a look behind the scenes and find out what it takes to keep the waterway network functioning.
Each open day offers a different experience and you could find yourself descending into drained locks, taking boat trips and even watching lock gates being craned in and out of the canal. CART holds these open days around England, they are free so take some time out this January and February to find out more.
While each open day varies due to the work being carried out, at all open days you’ll be able to chat to our engineers, ask questions and find out about the past of the area.
18 Jan 2014 Tardebigge Flight, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
25 Jan 2014 Hungerford Lock 74, Kennet & Avon Canal
26 Jan 2014 Sandiacre Lock, Erewash Canal
08 Feb 2014 Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge, Weaver Navigation
16 Feb 2014 Sprotbrough, Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation
23 Feb 2014 Lock 74 Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal
If you’re going to one of these open days please remember to wear sensible shoes if you want to enter one of the lock chambers. All open days are weather dependent and could be subject to cancellations. Please check the website before setting off if there has been adverse weather.