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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
A long term plan to restore the Montgomery Canal has been boosted by the use of a ‘community payback’ scheme to help with improving towpath surfaces and hedgerows on a half mile stretch between Pant Bridge and Penny Garreg Lane in Shropshire.
We're working with Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company to carry out environmental improvement work along an important section of the dry canal.
This is a trial project, which forms part of the Heritage Lottery Fund-backed development phase of the canal restoration. Ten supervised sessions will allow the Trust to gauge the effectiveness of this new approach and may form part of the ongoing restoration project for years to come.
Howard Griffiths, waterway supervisor from the Canal & River Trust said: “This type of outdoor, environmental improvement work is ideal as a community payback scheme. It offers participants the chance to learn valuable work skills and is a highly cost-effective way to improve the canal towpath and hedgerows for the benefit of the whole community.”
Sarah Lalieu, Canal & River Trust enterprise manager added: “We are delighted to be working with CRC to deliver improvement to the canal corridor for the benefit of local people and visitors. If this pilot is successful we will look to extend it to cover other locations in the future."
If you want to meet new people and learn new skills then why not consider volunteering for the Trust
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018