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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
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Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The 2016 Living Waterways Awards finalists have now been announced.
Find out who got the winning spots for the nine categories up for grabs
Led by an independent panel of experts from the voluntary, environmental, arts, heritage, engineering and architecture sectors, the Living Waterways Awards celebrate the fantastic work done by individuals, communities and organisations to improve their canals, rivers, lochs and lakes making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.
Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, explains: “We are delighted to open the 2016 awards for entries and we look forward to finding out about and recognising the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based projects across the UK.
“We are searching for those people and projects that have done the most to make a difference to the nation’s canals and rivers - transforming the places they pass through, and enriching the lives of all who use them.”
Christopher Rodrigues CBE, chairman of VisitBritain and chair of the awards’ independent panel of experts, adds: “It is thanks to the dedication and hard work of communities and organisations, both large and small, across the nation, that our waterways are the wonderful destinations they are today. "
From inspirational story-telling to dedicated volunteer-led schemes; innovative design and construction projects to pioneering environmental initiatives, there are seven award categories up for grabs:
1. Art and Interpretation2. Contribution to the Built Environment3. Community and Volunteering4. Education and Learning5. Natural Environment6. Recreation and Tourism7. Restoration and Historic Environment
Take a look at last year's ceremony and winners
Winning helped us appreciate the positive impact we have each day on the lives of our community on Lough Erne. It was wonderful to reward all the generous efforts of our volunteers. We are still beaming with our success.
Olivia Cosgrove, chairperson of Row the Erne, winner of last year’s Community and Volunteering category
Last date edited: 15 September 2016