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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
Get your free guide
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Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
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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Managing Shorter Trips
A programme of towpath improvements will be taking place within the West Midlands Waterway over the next two years. Thanks to funding from a number of partners we aim to make travel easier for walkers and cyclists by improving facilities and environmental conditions.
Approximately 17km of towpath will be improved thanks to funding from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal, through a Local Growth Fund Programme called Managing Shorter Trips. The programme provides financial support to sustainable transport projects across the Black Country with the following projects taking place from January 2016:
Stourbridge Canal - Wordsley Junction to Leys Junction, Wordsley, Leys Junction to Seven Dwellings, Brierley Hill
Fens Pool Branch - Leys Junction as far as Brockmoor Junction Bridge, Pensnett
Birmingham Main Line Canal - Galton Bridge, Smethwick to Soho Loop, Winson Green, Aldersley Junction and Cannock Road, Wolverhampton, Broad Street and Dixon Street, Wolverhampton
Walsall Canal - Midland Road Bridge to James Bridge Aqueduct, Walsall
Tame Valley Canal - Rushall Junction to Walsall Road Bridge
Birmingham & Fazeley - Hansons Bridge to Broad Balk Bridge
Bradley Arm - Deepfields Junction to Highfields Road Bridge
Managing Short Trips is a £4.2 million package of schemes to boost cycling and walking across the Black Country, funded by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal and is part of the Smart Network, Smarter Choices programme.
It is a joint initiative by West Midlands Combined Authority, the Canal & River Trust and Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton Councils. Managing Short Trips aims to make it easier for walkers and cyclists to travel in the area by improving facilities and environmental conditions. More than half of journeys of less than five miles in our region are made by car, but these are distances that could be quickly and easily made by walking or cycling.
If there is an area of towpath that would benefit from improvement that you use regularly or would be encouraged to use if improvements were made, but isn’t included above, please tell us about it. There may be funding opportunities to help improve more routes in the future.
Last date edited: 9 March 2017