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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
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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.
28 August 2013
The Portoroz Declaration (2001) on the role of voluntary organisations in the field of cultural heritage states that they should ‘establish their credibility through their achievements, standards and ability to take responsibility’. Fine words, about a big subject on a European scale. But actually, when you look around the Canal & River Trust you will find volunteers (and not just in the field of heritage, of course) doing just those things.
Posted by: Nigel Crowe
2 August 2013
On historic canals it’s often the small things that charm the visitor and bring the past to life. Mileposts, boundary markers, lock distance markers, weight restriction signs, rope rollers and bollards are humble objects but they’ve each got a story to tell.
19 July 2013
Mike Beech, Keeper of the Foxton Canal Museum, recently lent me an exhibition about some key events of waterways history from the mid- 20th century up to the birth of the Canal & River Trust in 2012. I put it up in the Stop House at Braunston in time for the Historic Narrowboat Rally at the end of June and it drew a lot of interest.
21 June 2013
Driving down the numbers of our Heritage at Risk assets.
30 May 2013
It always amazes me how many other waterway groups there are in Britain besides the Canal & River Trust.
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.