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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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Download your free guides
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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
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.
To mark Armistice Day we have been investigating the connections between war and the waterways, and the impact that war had on the people, places and heritage of our canals and rivers.
Here, the heritage team share their stories of how war has left its mark on our canals and rivers. Above is a short film which offers insights into how canals were adapted to meet a new purpose in dangerous times.
Read more below about how the 'Idle Women' volunteered to carry vital supplies through our waterways.
The Inland Waterways Women volunteered to operate canal barges carrying vital supplies through the country’s waterway network
Homeland defences and the waterways became one and the same thing in wartime. We take a look at the building of anti-tank measures, pill boxes and stop gates. The recent discovery of air raid shelters in a Smethwick canal embankment serves as reminder of how significant industrial manufacturing was to the war effort, as well as the need for protection in the work place.
Remains of a World War Two pillbox were unearthed close to the Grand Union Canal in East London.
Troops and transport
Find out how the canals helped to mobilise troops during wartime
Hedgehog on the Kennet & Avon
This peaceful canal could have been crucial to the freedom of Britain in World War Two
Evidence of wartime heritage can be found all around the country. It's often a case of knowing where to look.
When we remember that millions of men and women served, fought and died in two world wars it is hard to comprehend the scale of loss. Here we have a few stories and memorials that remind us of the individual lives and sacrifices made.
Ellesmere Yard, Shropshire: wartime recollections
Our heritage volunteer Chris Chambers, gives a small insight into the men and women who worked at Ellesmere Yard as they answered the call to arms in 1914.
We remember them
War memorials can be found all over Britain. We look at one honouring men from the Aire & Calder Navigation
War memorial rescued
Find out how a tribute to 36 canal company men was recently rescued and preserved for future generations
We work to safeguard the heritage of our waterways and to share it with others. Our canal network was built as a commercial transportation system and has since changed significantly. Though old purposes are overtaken by new demands, we can find innovative ways of reusing historic structures to ensure they have a function that can be sustained long into the future.
Our waterways now serve a thriving leisure, residential and tourism sector and much of their attraction lies in the layers of history they continue to represent.
From pillbox to bat cave
We have converted more than one pillbox into accommodation for flying residents
The story of Tame Aqueduct
The Tame Aqueduct is an inconspicuous structure but a heritage treasure.
Last date edited: 24 January 2018