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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
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.
Two young Lancashire women are trail blazing by taking part in a new national canal heritage course aimed at training a new generation in traditional canal maintenance skills.
Hayley Garrod (23) and Chloe Payne (18) are among 14 trainees who have just started a 12-month workplace programme which will equip them with skills such as lime mortaring, stone masonry and carpentry.
The pair will work with our staff on the Lancaster Canal. Part of their training will be on the job and part classroom-based at Bedale Heritage Craft Alliance residential college in North Yorkshire.
Hayley lives on a canal boat in Barnoldswick. As a horticulture graduate, she has run her own gardening business for four years, worked on campsites and loves wildlife and the outdoor life. She spotted the job online and went for it. She says: “This is perfect for me. Nature is what I’m about. I love being outdoors, seeing the seasons change, the canals relying on you and you being part of it. What you are doing feels valuable. I was very lucky – right place, right time. I’m still a bit overwhelmed.”
Chloe, from Rossendale, joined the course fresh from gaining a distinction on a countryside management course at Burnley College. She is particularly inspired by the heritage preservation work and adds: “I like the conservation side of it, like dry stone walls. If you let them go downhill, they won’t be there anymore. I am really enjoying it.”
Their training is part of a £811,000 Waterway Heritage skills project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – Skills for the Future programme (£607,000), the Radcliffe Trust (£9,000), the Norton Foundation (£2,000) and the Canal & River Trust.
For the next three years, 14 heritage skills trainees will be recruited each year on a 12-month programme leading to an NVQ level two in Heritage Waterways Management. They will work alongside our staff across the country on essential maintenance work such as lock replacements and bridge repairs.
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
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