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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Pounds, puddles and stanks – we give you the second instalment of our glossary of words you're likely to hear on the waterways.
N to Z
A short length of canal with width room for only one narrowboat.
Shortened term for navigators; the workforce that built our canals in the 1700s.
A watertight canal wall, historically formed of timber and now commonly made with vertical sheets of steel, plastic or concrete, although timber is still also used.
The short stretch of water between two canal locks.
Puddle, Puddling, noun
A clay and water mixture used to line and seal the canal bed and sides.
A dam, usually composed of puddle clay, built across a canal to isolate a drained section of the waterway.
A curved bridge built across a canal to take the towpath from one side to the other. Canals were originally built for horse drawn boats and the bridges needed to be designed so the horse could cross easily without obstructing the tow rope.
Pronounced 'win-ding'; the process of turning a boat around, usually in a specified location where a canal has been widened, such as a winding hole. So named because the prevailing wind would assist the turning of the vessel.
Words: Abigail Whyte
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