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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
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
Get your free guide
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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.
A community project on the Rochdale Canal in Littleborough has won an outstanding level 5 award by Britain in Bloom.
We've been working with volunteers from the local Towpath Taskforce – a team of local people who volunteer once a month to help improve the canal.
Since April, the volunteers working in partnership with Pennine in Bloom, Community Payback and Hopwood Hall College have been working on a mile long stretch of the Rochdale Canal between Bridge 50, Hollingworth Road and Bridge 51, Canal Street in Littleborough. They have created a thriving community garden along the canal that visitors can enjoy and admire.
The judges from Britain in Bloom were particularly impressed with the rebuilding of a limestone wall, wildflower planting, creating new fruit tree orchards and a community herb box creating a wonderful place for people to come and pick their own fruit and herbs on the canal.
Jodie Weathers, our volunteer leader: "We’re absolutely delighted to receive this award which is the highest level to achieve especially in our first year of entering – it’s such a huge achievement.
"Volunteers from the Towpath Taskforce team have really made such a difference to this wonderful local amenity on their doorstep and we can’t thank them enough. As a charity, we rely on local people’s support to make sure the canal stays in tip top condition. I would encourage anyone who loves the outdoors, enjoys some physical work and would like to meet new people to come along."
The next Towpath Taskforce event is taking place on Tuesday 5th December 2017 and Tuesday 9th January 2018 meeting at the car park off Canal Street OL15 0AU at 10am. For more information email Jodie.email@example.com
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