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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
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
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.
23 June 2016
In John's latest installment, he describes his journey into Brum with a cohort of Trust staff and contractors.
Posted by: John Dodwell
1 June 2016
In this latest entry, Trustee John Dodwell, joined by chief exec Richard Parry, shares his experience of the BCN Society's annual 24 hours Challenge.
16 May 2016
In John's latest blog he shares his trip, on the highest part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations, to a boat rally at Titford Pools.
3 May 2016
After cruising to the Black Country Living Museum (see John's last blog), John's historic boat, HELEN, rolls back the years to do what she was originally built for...
2 May 2016
In his first blog of the year, Trustee John Dodwell, shares his experience of cruising in the west midlands towards a weekend gathering of historical tugs.
20 October 2015
In this final entry, John cruises with chief exec, Richard Parry, down to his winter mooring near Stourton.
19 October 2015
In this update John Dodwell cruises with Trust staff down the Staffs & Worcs Canal
16 October 2015
John Dodwell continues his boat holiday.
John Dodwell was formerly one of our 10 trustees. He owns Helen, a 51ft old BCN tug/icebreaker which draws 3ft and is based near Stourbridge, West Midlands. His waterways interest goes back to the early 1960s.
John’s been involved in the waterways since the early 1960s and he enjoys all aspects of the waterways. To pick out one oddity, he was pleased and surprised to see about a dozen herons this June around the BCN Main Line, including two under the M6 motorway!