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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.
Standedge Tunnel is to be turned into a ‘tunnel of love’ when it reopens to visitors on Saturday14 February, Valentine’s Day.
Whether you are a passionate boater or just passionate, we think Standedge Tunnel offers a unique opportunity to pop the question to your loved one.
Those with romance in their heart who go down on bended knee and propose to their beloved during one of the visitor boat trips into the tunnel will also get a special bonus.
For not only will the boat guide be on hand to capture the moment on camera, but newly-engaged couples will also be offered a 25 percent discount on the hire of the Thomas Bourne Room in the Standedge Visitor Centre for the wedding reception. This is often used for marriage celebrations, with the bride arriving by boat along the canal.
Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre manager Ellen Richards said: “Whether you are a passionate boater or just passionate, we think Standedge Tunnel offers a unique opportunity to pop the question to your loved one. You might need to wrap up because it’s still only February, but your love will keep you warm as you cuddle up together in our Tunnel of Love.”
Thirty minute guided boat trips into the tunnel will be available throughout the day, with the first trip scheduled for 11am. Families can take advantage of the outdoor adventure play area and new soft play centre in the visitor centre and younger visitors can explore the site following the Valentine’s Day trail, collecting letters to win a prize.
Watersedge café will serve hot drinks, food and themed, home-made cakes throughout the day.
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