About us

About the Cotswold Canals Trust


The Cotswold Canals Trust is a Registered Charity and its aims are:

  • To promote, for the benefit of the community, the reopening of The Cotswold Canals — The Stroudwater Navigation and The Thames & Severn Canal
  • To promote the restoration of the two waterways to give a balance between the needs of navigation, development, recreation, heritage, landscape conservation, wildlife and natural habitats
  • To promote, for the use of all, the towpaths as The Thames & Severn Way — long distance foot path
  • To achieve restoration of The Cotswold Canals as a thirty-six mile navigable route from the Stroudwater Navigation’s junction with the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal at Saul Junction to the River Thames at Lechlade

Trust Council

Trust Council roles are organised to bring focus on completing the restoration of the canal corridor.

Trust Directors lead a range of working groups to support them in their roles.

The working groups comprise of Trust members, or anyone else, able to lend their skills, knowledge and experience to the restoration project.


If you have the skills, knowledge and experience to assist in the restoration of the Cotswold Canals you can find out more on the Become a Volunteer page


The Trust Administration Team look after the day to day running of the Trust at the head office at Wallbridge Lock.
Registered Charity No: 269721
Company Registered in England No: 01207787
Registered office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham HP5 1NZ