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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
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Find a walk near you
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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.
Over 15,000 tonnes of silt is set to be dredged from the Ribble Link and parts of the Lancaster Canal near Preston.
£750,000 is being spent to improve the canal for the benefit of all users making it easier for boaters to navigate along the popular routes and improving the habitat for fishermen and wildlife.
Using floating dredgers, silt and debris which has built up throughout the canal corridor over many years, will be removed. Once dredged, most of the silt will be recycled to benefit agricultural land alongside the canal.
Mark Weatherall, our senior project manager, said: "The Lancaster Canal and Ribble Link are extremely popular with thousands of boaters, fishermen and walkers visiting the waterways every year. The dredging work is much needed and will open up the canal channel and improve water quality which will benefit all canal users, wildlife and the environment.
"We plan to recycle as much of the silt as possible to agricultural land which has the benefit of being both environmentally friendly and more cost effective than landfill, this enables the Trust to do more dredging for the same money."
Mike Macklin, chairman of The Lancaster Canal Focus Group commented: "This is marvellous news for all users of the canal. The group are working tirelessly to improve the infrastructure of the canal and we’re delighted that the Canal & River Trust have listened and are carrying out these improvements."
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