Welcome to Rickmansworth Waterways Trust

We're a Heritage Education Charity bringing together people from across our community with a love for the canals around Rickmansworth. We present education programmes, maintain a historic canal boat, organise the Rickmansworth Festival, run a shop and informtion centre, run short boat rides and longer charters, and provide a pleasant visit to Batchworth Lock.

Update 1st March 2022 (Spring Opening)

Rickmansworth Waterways Trust is delighted to announce that the Batchworth Lock Canal Centre is now open each day from about 10.00am until about 3pm. Our band of happy volunteers are all ready to sell you ice creams, maps, books, floating bird food etc as well as book you onto one of our wonderful short canal trips on the 'Pride of Batchworth'.

The Café@Lock81 is also open Wednesdays to Sundays.

From the 1st March 2022  the following guidelines will apply for visitors to the Trust.

1. In the Shop

We ask all our customers to consider wearing a face covering whilst in the shop.

We ask customers to use the hand sanitiser when opening the drinks fridge and ice cream freezer.

 2. Ferry Trips (Phone 01923 778382 to Book)

We will allow mixed groups (up to a maximum of 12 persons) onto the boat.

We will retain the enhanced cleaning regime between ferry trips.

 3) Private Hire Charters (e-mail canalcentre@rwt.org.uk to book

There are no current restrictions.

 4) Education Centre Bookings.(e-mail enquiries@rwt.org.uk to make an enquiry.

There are no current restrictions.

The 2022 Learning at the Lock programme is open for bookings

We fully understand the difficult time schools are having at the moment but we are delighted to announce that bookings for our award winning 'Learning at the Lock' are now available for 2022. This is a fantastic educational and fun day trip to Batchworth Lock where you will learn about the roles canals had in our history, take a boat ride on the Grand Union Canal and understand the engineering behind this 250 year old wonder of the industrial age.  If you have any enquiries about the programme or future bookings please email our Education Programme Manager, Rob Moore here. We look forward to seeing you all back with us in 2022

All the latest...

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    Programme for 2022 Festival

    The full on line version of the 2022 Festival programme...

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    Rickmansworth Festival 21st and 22nd May 2022

    The listings for all the wide variety of entertainment...

  • Festival Trade and Boat Bookings
    Festival Trade and Boat Bookings

    The booking process for Traders and Boaters is still...


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