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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.
9 July 2013
…go out in the midday sun, allegedly. Well, I’m sorry, but I have to disagree because it seems that almost everyone in England and Wales made their way to one of our Canals and Rivers last weekend to enjoy the glorious weather and then kindly decided to call or e-mail us about their visit. We do love to hear about the great fun you’re all having whilst we’re stuck here in the office, honestly.
Posted by: Sarina Young
20 June 2013
When you’re relying on a brief and rather crackly mobile phone conversation in the midst of a sometimes noisy canalside environment for information there’s always potential for things to go awry. As we found out to our amusement one morning in January.
10 June 2013
…and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”, these are very wise words indeed from poet John Lydgate. Although occasionally I feel like it would be nice to just please any of the people any of the time.
1 June 2013
…or so I’ve been told. It’s true though and as we heard news of Jo’s return from her epic fundraising journey I thought to myself “how very apt”.
24 May 2013
It struck me that the last few blogs I’ve written have been ever so serious and grown up. So this one is a little more ‘Carry on Camping’ than ‘it’s a Wonderful Life’….
20 May 2013
You could say that by trade I am a scientist, having swayed this way during my A-Level years I then went on to study molecular genetics at University.
9 May 2013
Sometimes opportunities come along which are too good for you to let them pass by. I would class the workshop I attended in Birmingham last week as one of these opportunities so I thought you might like to hear all about it.
7 May 2013
I’d like to think that if you surveyed my friends and family and asked them how they would describe me some of the following may pop up more than once in that list; happy (yep, genuinely most of the time), diplomatic, optimistic, patient and thoughtful. Of course there’d be some others thrown in for good measure too!
Sarina joined us in 2008 as our customer services co-ordinator. Among other things, she manages our national customer service team, complaints procedure and requests for information made to the Trust. She says that the most important thing to her is to be able to go home and feel as though she’s achieved something, however small that might be. Her job is hugely satisfying, widely varied, full of deadlines, immensely interesting, sometimes challenging and no day is ever the same, although some are surprisingly familiar!