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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
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
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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.
Canoeing on the Llangollen Canal is set to become easier and safer thanks to a new canoe guide and three new slipways created by Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales.
Canoeists are increasingly joining the thousands of people who each year enjoy visiting the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site, which is cared for by us.
This stunning 11 mile stretch of waterway is one of the busiest and most popular canals in the country. Protecting the canal banks, looking after the wildlife and making sure everyone stays safe and happy is a key priority for the charity.
In a project funded by Natural Resources Wales and public donations to the Trust, two new canoe slipways have been constructed at the top end of the canal close to the Horseshoe Falls at Llantysilio. These provide free access to canoeists to enter and exit the Llangollen Canal and also link into the fast-flowing and more challenging River Dee.
Further down on a canal bank opposite the Llangollen Pavilion near the town centre, a third canoe access point has been created for organised groups only, by advance agreement. Email the local Canal & River Trust office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nicola Lewis-Smith, our Enterprise Manager, explained: "Canoeing is growing in popularity on the Llangollen Canal and it’s great to see more people out enjoying the beautiful waterway. The 11 mile World Heritage Site takes you across two countries, along two aqueducts and through two tunnels – it would be hard to find a more interesting and spectacular journey.
"We believe these new canoe slipways will help to stop bank erosion at the busiest locations and make it easier for less experienced canoeists to enter the water.
"We have also produced a new canal canoe guide and map which offer top tips on paddling along the waterway safely. With so many boaters, walkers, anglers and canoeists all using the same space it can get a little congested at times, so we appeal to everyone to treat the environment and other people with respect."
Nick Thomas, Natural Resources Wales Operations Manager said: "The Llangollen Canal and river Dee are great places for people to enjoy being active outdoors with all the health benefits that this can bring.
"This project will help ensure safe, well managed and responsible access to the waterways by canoeists, which will benefit other recreational users and local wildlife as well."
You can download the free canoe guide “Paddle the right way” here Versions are available in both English and Welsh. Leaflets are also available from the Trevor Basin visitor centre.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Come and learn more about canoeing and kayaking on our waterways.
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