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

Membership of the Trust

The Cotswold Canals Trust currently has the highest membership of any Canal Restoration group in the U.K.
That level of membership is of immense value to the Trust and its aims.
Funding agencies and corporate sponsors always ask an important question… “What is your support?”

So, not only do annual membership fees provide the Trust with a valuable income stream; each and every individual member plays an important part by communicating their knowledge of the restoration, which in turn, can assist in securing funding and project sponsorship.

Please click here to find out more on the Membership Page

Volunteering — Time to spare and energy to share?

If you have time to spare and energy to share to assist in the restoration of the Cotswold Canals then feel free to join the Cotswold Canals Trust Volunteers.
We have much to do and need as many hands to help as we can attract.
To achieve our aims we seek a wide range of skills. Some of these are listed below.
Labouring & landscape maintenance, bricklaying, structural construction, machinery maintenance & operation, project management, team leaders, planning, legal, health & safety, financial and professional engineering advice plus general administrative duties.
We also have a need for those with human resources expertise as well as retail, public relations, marketing and presentations experience.
Please click here to find out more on the Become a Volunteer page

Come and talk to us to find out more

We have Visitor Centres at Wallbridge Lock in Stroud , Saul Junction on The Gloucester-Sharpness Canal near Frampton on Severn and Bonds Mill Gatehouse in Stonehouse. The centres are staffed by volunteers who will answer your questions and assist you.
Click on the locations above for directions and opening hours.

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 others able to lend their skills, knowledge and experience to the restoration project.


The Trust Administration Team look after the day to day running of the Trust at the Trust’s Head Office at Bell House, Wallbridge Lock, Stroud, GL5 3JS.
Tel: 01453 752 568 — Email: mail@cotswoldcanals.com
Registered Charity No: 269721
Company Registered in England No: 01207787
Registered office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham HP5 1NZ