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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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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.
We are appealing for dog owners to stop littering the Rochdale Canal in the Calder Valley with dog mess as we start a campaign to tackle this huge problem.
Dog fouling is becoming a huge problem for us along this section of canal
Karen Jackson, environmental scientist
We are working with Calderdale Council, the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Group and local business Weir Minerals who supplied some dog bins, to encourage people to clean up after their pets following an increase in dog mess which is blighting the canal towpath.
Part of national ‘The Big Scoop’ campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy and the Dogs Trust, specialist contractors and volunteers will be de-pooping the towpath along the Rochdale Canal on Friday 14 June between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.
Karen Jackson, environmental scientist at the Canal & River Trust said: “Dog fouling is becoming a huge problem for us along this section of canal despite a number of dog bins in place people are still leaving dog mess along the towpath. Our message is simple, if you’re a dog owner visiting the canal clear up after your pet and bag-it and bin-it and help us care for this beautiful canal landscape.”
To help combat the problem, enforcement officers from Calderdale Council are patrolling the canal towpath and will hand out on the spot penalty fines for people who leave their dog mess on the canal towpaths.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said:
“We are glad to be working with the Canal and River Trust to tackle dog fouling. Over the past two years, authorised Council staff have been patrolling the side of the canal from Todmorden to Brighouse in response to an increase in complaints about dog mess on the towpaths. They have issued £80 fines to numerous dog walkers who either haven’t put their dog’s mess into a bin or have flicked the mess into the canal – both of these are offences. One of the nine offenders was subsequently taken to court, prosecuted and fined £352.”
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