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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
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
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.
26 January 2016
Metalocking has been around for over 75 years and is a tried and tested system for repairing cracks in cast metals by literally stitching them up.
Posted by: Nigel Crowe
15 December 2015
There’s a disused tunnel in Cumbria at a remote hamlet called World’s End, which is worth a visit if you can find it. It’s called Hincaster Tunnel and it stands in splendid isolation towards the top end of the Lancaster Canal.
9 December 2015
Modern steel engineering structures on canals are not usually viewed as heritage. But some are deserving of a second look. One such is, or rather was, Thurlwood Steel Lock, which was built in the late 1950s to replace one of the paired locks on the Trent & Mersey that was failing due to subsidence caused by brine pumping.
22 October 2015
Ornamental bridges are usually associated with landscaped parks and gardens rather than waterways, but intriguingly the Trust owns a number dotted around the countryside. These fancy bridges as boatmen called them, were often designed by great and versatile engineers, men like Rennie and Telford, and their architectural decoration was in the style of the day.
16 September 2015
Paddle gearing is one of the joys of our waterways. It is historic and still in use. It has its own language of racks, jacks, pinions, pawls, worms and nuts. And despite past attempts at standardisation there is still a great variety of it be found across the country.
10 August 2015
If you search around England and Wales you can still discover historic canal company offices, although few are now owned by the Trust or other waterway bodies. They were occupied by the officers and trustees of their respective companies.
24 July 2015
Canal companies featured horse-drawn boats on their official seals and emblems, John Constable painted them and archive collections contain many photographs of Shires, mules and donkeys. These days a horse-drawn boat is a rare sight, but the remains of this centuries-old source of power are scattered across the Trust’s network.
20 August 2014
In 1992, as part of the BW Architectural Heritage Survey, I walked the Oxford Canal from Hawkesbury to Oxford and inspected all its historic structures.
As national heritage manager, Nigel’s role is to lead the Canal & River Trust’s team of regional heritage advisers in England and Wales. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in the conservation, archaeology and interpretation of historic buildings and places. He is a member of the editorial board of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He has written numerous articles concerning heritage conservation and is the author of several longer published works, including the English Heritage Book of Canals.