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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
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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
From time to time we have to make major decisions about how we look after our canals and rivers.
While we’re the experts and have highly qualified teams working for the Canal & River Trust, we also want to get your perspective on a range of subjects.
Although we are not bound by them, whenever we do publish formal national consultations we will often try to follow the Government’s Consultation Principles.
However, sometimes we want your feedback on a more local and informal level. You can check if there are any consultations happening in your area by visiting our regional pages.
We would like to thank the 11,000 boaters who responded. The results of the consultation can be found below in the following documents:
Hear from Damian Kemp, our Boating Communications Manager in the short video below.
The first step in a three-stage consultation started in February. In stage one, Involve interviewed representatives from the main boating organisations to find out their views on how the consultation should work and what it should cover.
Read the stage one report
During the second stage Involve hosted a series of in-depth workshops with boaters across the country. Participants reflected the diversity in the boating community.
Read the stage two report stage 2 report. The appendices are available here - stage 2 appendices.
The final stage will be a consultation for all boat owners to give their views on the options developed during the two previous stages. We’ll be emailing an invitation to participate in the final stage to all our boat licence holders for whom we hold email addresses, and sending invites by post to the others.
You can now read the stage 3 summary here - This a summary of the consultation and not the consultation survey.
Watch our boating strategy and engagement manager Matthew Symonds, explain why it's vital for boaters to play their part in the consultation, in the video below.
The Canal & River Trust is revising the current policies for mooring along the banks of our waterways. The revised online mooring policy seeks to set out the strategic aims, principles and criteria for considering online mooring sites on the Trust’s network.
The revised online mooring policy states that online towpath moorings will generally be retained for:
Towpath moorings for the following types of boat may be acceptable in certain circumstances, for example:
Other mooring types may be acceptable in the context of a local mooring strategy.
 Online moorings mean those on the main line of the navigation and does not include basins, layby’s or other offline mooring.
Read the draft Online Mooring Policy and give your comments. This consultation runs until 21 December 2017.
Last date edited: 6 March 2018