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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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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
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Debbie leaves the delights of Todmorden for Hebden Bridge.
A slightly damp day but an enjoyable cruise back to Todmorden with plenty of water and no running aground. Finally managed to get a picture of the wonderful railway bridge at Gauxholme and the famous wall of Todmorden.
Over four million bricks went into its creation to support what was a railway goods yard. Through the Guillotine gate and back onto the 24-hour mooring in time for a quick dash to the shops to restock supplies. Then a pleasant evening watching the rugby in one of Todmorden's many pubs.
We reluctantly left Todmorden under an increasingly sunny sky. The first lock caused a bit of a problem with much to and fro to get the top gates open to get the boat in. There are a few self-closing gates on this canal along with gates that won't open fully due to debris behind them.
In the lock and down on our way, and the sun coming out, glorious boating. We made good progress with sufficient depth of water and no real issues until Lock 14 where the very unhelpfully moored cabin cruiser Jenna K was still moored in the middle of lock landing exactly where we had encountered it on our journey up.
I managed to leap off and work us through the lock. Trouble was I couldn't get back on the boat below the lock. The lock landing is very high above the water and the canal is shallow meaning that Simon couldn't get the boat close enough to board. Played it safe and decided to walk nearly a mile to the next lock, stretching my legs and easing off aches and pains.
Dodging more badly moored boats we finally managed to squeeze onto the end of the 24-hour mooring at Stubbings Wharf by the pub of the same name. Very shallow but hopefully ok overnight. Time to explore the delights of Hebden Bridge with its shops, cafes, pubs and more.
Find out what the Canal & River Trust's boating team have been up to.