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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.
Education Volunteers Anna and Joe spent the day 'floating and sinking' at Cheltenham Science Group.
Located in a pop-up shop in Cheltenham, there are numerous fascinating learning activities for children to 'play' with to allow them to investigate why things work. As the science group work with other charities and trusts and invite them to set up their own workshop during the holidays, the Canal & River Trust connected with them to provide one of our inspiring activities.
We brought along the 'Float-a-Boat' activity which we have been using on school visits. The children used balls of plasticine to shape into boats so that they floated on the water. Experimentation and perseverance delighted the children when they found they could carry on board a multitude of Lego people! With around 50 children and adults taking part in the science investigation, we adapted the activity to suit who wanted to discover more scientific knowledge and who just wanted to play with water.
It was a great opportunity to promote the work that Education Volunteers do with schools and uniformed groups. Having been prepared with information leaflets and fun activity booklets, visitors also took home with them an understanding of how the Canal & River Trust are working with different organisations to bring learning to everyone.
The Education Team delivers two main learning programmes. Explorers which is aimed at primary school children and uniformed groups, and STEM which is aimed at secondary schools. We provide free, curriculum linked learning resources for teachers and offer a range of outreach sessions to inspire children and young people about our waterways. Our fantastic Education Volunteers deliver sessions on the towpath or in school, bringing the stories of our waterways to life.