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Welcome to Rickmansworth Waterways Trust

First formed in 1991, we aim to excite and inform the community about the environment, history and heritage of the waterways, and to show how they can be enjoyed today.

We do this through five key areas:

Education programmes

Our key education programme is Learning at the Lock, which is for Primary School visits, and we also run adult Heritage Education visits using our historic boat Roger.

Rickmansworth Festival

We ran the Rickmansworth Festival from 1993 until 2023 on the third weekend of May every year and it attracted over 20,000 visitors.

Batchworth Lock Canal Centre

Here you can purchase ice cream; book boat trips; find information such as guide maps for walks; buy souvenirs from our shop; or visit the cafe at Lock 81.

Canal Cruise

During the year, we offer short trips on Pride of Batchworth from Batchworth Lock to Stockers Lock or longer private charters on the Spirit of Batchworth for up to 12 people.


Our historic working boat, which we are conserving for operational use, also plays an important role in our education programmes.

Some helpful links

How to find us

Download our map for our location and information on parking and transport links.

Latest version of the Trustee Articles of Association approved at the 2021 AGM.

The minutes of our 2023 AGM which reviews our financial year to the end of 2022 can be accessed here.

Download our 2023 annual report and accounts here.

A short video summary of all that we do

Videos of some of our activities

A video of our recent renaming ceremony for the Spirit of Batchworth can be viewed here.

Videos of recent Festivals can be found on the Festival pages. Here is another which illustrates some of the other activities we engage in.

Shire Horse pulling 100 year old wooden boat Ilkeston

Many videos of local events can also be seen on the Three Rivers Museum video channel which has 170 videos including many about Rickmansworth Waterways Trust.

Our address

Batchworth Lock Canal Centre
99 Church Street
Rickmansworth, Herts

Phone: 01923 778382
Office Mobile: 07875 393703
Email Address: enquiries@rwt.org.uk

Our wider community

The Trust is a member of:

If you are interested in joining the Inland Waterways Association our local branch is the:

The Chiltern IWA hold an excellent programme of waterways talks each month in the Batchworth Lock Education Centre. Information on the latest talks can be found on their website.

Supporting us

Rickmansworth Waterways Trust relies on our many supporters.

You can become a volunteer, in any aspect of our work including our administration, but also in boating, conservation or education.

Rickmansworth Waterways Trust is a local educational and community charity. Help us make a difference.

You could become a Friend of RWT.

You could sponsor any of our activities, including the Festival or our Education programmes.

Be the first to know

Keep up to date by signing up to receive our newsletter by email.

If you want to catch up on recent news from the Trust you can download the latest issues of our twice yearly newsletter, The Batchworth Telegraph.