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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.
This summer, families, nature lovers and heritage enthusiasts are being encouraged to explore some of the nation’s best kept secrets as TV’s Miranda Krestovnikoff helps us to launch the top ‘100 Hidden Gems’ of the waterways.
I love visiting the canals, and on a lovely sunny day there really isn’t a better place to be.
The locations have all been chosen to introduce visitors to the secret delights of their local canal or river and encourage people to enjoy a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
A ride through history on the Anderton Boat Lift on the Trent & Mersey Canal, delving into the fabulous history of the waterways at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire and ‘gongoozling’ as boats navigate the ten locks at Foxton Locks in Leicestershire all make the list, with many other beauty spots and places of interest included to ensure there is something for everyone. Other attractions include:
We are also launching a free mobile app called ‘Places to Visit’ to provide information on each of the destinations. It’s available to download along with printable information sheets at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit
Most locations are free to visit and require just a little imagination to create a fun-filled family morning or afternoon.
TV presenter and mother of two, Miranda Krestovnikoff, who is supporting the campaign and encouraging families to discover their local canal, said: “I love visiting the canals, and on a lovely sunny day there really isn’t a better place to be. From the huge variety of wildlife, to treating yourself to an ice cream or cool drink, it’s a fun, family place to enjoy the history on your doorstep without breaking the bank.”
Simon Salem, marketing director for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The canals are a wonderful place to visit during the summer and with so many people living within five miles of their local waterway it’s a really easy day out during the long summer holidays.”
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
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways
See the Nottingham Beeston Canal in a new light this February
12 February 2018
Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
9 February 2018
Elland Bridge re-build shortlisted for engineering award
7 February 2018