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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
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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
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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.
We persuaded Florence Salberter away from her restoration planning documents and brick samples to tell us about her job as one of the Trust’s heritage advisors. “The sight of a historic boat expertly manoeuvred into a lock is still special for me.” Interview: Abigail Whyte
What the job involves I go out on site visits, discuss projects, check brick samples and comment on planning applications. Sometimes we discover historic nuggets. We found a boundary marker on the back of the towpath on the Hertford Lock on the Lee Navigation last week. It was up by the top gates and we’re now looking for a second one. One of our local historians has found a drawing in the London Metropolitan Archives which suggests there could be a second one buried by the bottom gates.
The view from the window Our building is right by a lock entrance on the mouth of the Thames and from my window I can see the water levels fluctuate throughout the day and sometimes a cormorant swooping down to catch a fish. We also get some impressive boats sailing past – on my first day the Belgian navy came in to dock.
My one-year apprenticeship in stone masonry was a useful experience I also did two master's degrees – one in the history of art and archaeology and the other in building conservation. This combination of technical and practical knowledge and application of legislation is extremely useful.
It’s important to preserve our heritage The legacy we've inherited from our ancestors is part of our cultural heritage and preserving it is important in defining who we are. Britain attracts millions of visitors every year and heritage is undoubtedly one of the main draws for these visitors. That doesn't mean I think nothing should change and we should all live in the past, but it's important to understand the value of what we've inherited and preserve this for future generations.
Favourite places The waterways are peppered with surprises. It might be a cluster of buildings or a curve of waterway with a beautiful backdrop. The sight of a historic boat expertly manoeuvred into a lock is still special for me. I also enjoy urban environments like Camden Lock; places where our industrial past supports today's communities.
Narrowboat names What would I call a narrowboat if I had one? No idea! And that's not the name I'd give the boat, by the way. I think I could only decide that once I'd seen it, and it might already have a historic name associated with it.
Finish the sentence: "I have never…" My granddad always told me to never say never.
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