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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
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Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
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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
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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
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.
Ice on the canal, freezing pipes and slippery surfaces - boating in winter is a whole new ball game. Stay safe with these top ten tips for boating in colder weather.
Take extra care around and crossing over locks, when you’re getting on and off the boat and using lock ladders
Watch out for ice around the spindle when using a windless. Don’t let it slip off – and never leave it unattended.
Don’t rely on anti-slip surfaces.
Wear gloves when handling ropes and frozen metal work. However, remember to take extra care if your hands or feet are cold or if you’re wearing very thick gloves, you lose some of the sensitivity you need to judge safe moves.
Keep a look out for obstructions across the canal – either from maintenance operations or fallen trees. Check for any planned stoppages before your journey.
Don’t cruise if the ice is thick. It’s hard work for your engine and may damage the hull of your craft and others. And of course, never be tempted to walk on the canal when it’s frozen.
Freezing pipes may disrupt supply, so don’t leave topping up and emptying out jobs to the last minute – you might have to cruise on to the next service block or marina.
Please report any problems – don’t assume someone else already has (call 0303 040 4040).
Make sure that you turn the tap off properly after use to avoid creating a mini ice rink around the water point.
Thawing snow upstream will quickly raise water levels. Remember this especially when mooring up and navigating low bridges.
Don’t push yourself with ambitious cruising targets. Your body chills rapidly standing at the tiller in cold weather. Wrap up warm, insulate your feet against the cold deck and take shorter turns at the helm. Ensure hot drinks are at the ready.
Ensure you have enough fuel in your diesel tanks to maintain the craft and remember to order enough fuel for your stoves to sustain you through the worst of the winter. Check any delays with coal boats particularly if the canal is frozen over.
Please don’t use your gas stoves/cookers as space heaters due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Don’t be tempted to block up ventilation grilles for the same reason – ventilation is essential.
Last date edited: 27 May 2016