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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Lock gates on the Caen Hill lock flight in Devizes are getting a make-over this week as we carry out a £15,000 restoration project.
Two gates at Manifold lock, which sits at the top of the flight on the Kennet & Avon Canal, will be repaired to ensure they continue to remain watertight when the lock is in use. It will take five days to complete the work, during which time the canal will be drained and closed to boats.
Over £300,000 is being spent along the length of the canal this winter as we complete repairs to historic canal walls, locks and lock gates. Over £45million is being spent nationwide.
Robert Eaton, Canal & River Trust construction supervisor, said: “Over time, with boats going through them and being regularly opened and closed, lock gates do suffer a bit of wear and tear. We anticipate these to be quite straightforward repairs. They’ll give the gates a new lease of life, on what it one of the most popular sections of canal we have.”
Every year we carry out a programme of works to conserve and repair the fragile infrastructure of our canals and rivers. Teams of experts replace lock gates and complete essential maintenance across 2,000 miles of canals and rivers so they can be enjoyed by over 33,000 boats and 10 million towpath visitors each year. This winter we're working on around 100 locks across the country and replacing 141 lock gates.
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal