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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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With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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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.
We're currently draining a 200-metre stretch of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal in central Birmingham to investigate a potential leak following reports of water seen escaping into a service road beneath the canal.
It is thought that water may be escaping from the bottom of a historic canal aqueduct, which was constructed to carry a now disused railway under the canal, now in the ownership of Network Rail.
Boats currently moored in the affected stretch between the Mailbox and Gas Street Basin are being moved further along the canal before the water is drained. A specialist fish rescue team will be on hand tomorrow (20 February) to remove the thousands of fish that will be in the waterway.
Hayley Harper, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The leak appears to be quite significant so we need to know as soon as possible exactly where it’s coming from. The only way we can know for sure is to drain the canal and thoroughly inspect the aqueduct. I can’t remember the last time we drained this part of the canal so it will also be interesting to see what other changes have occurred to the canal bed as well as finding out exactly what has caused this leak.”
The towpath remains open for the time being and the canal will be back open to boaters as quickly as possible. We will be able to give an update on the likely duration of the closure sometime next week once we have thoroughly investigated the aqueduct.
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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
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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
15 March 2018