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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 your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
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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.
Drifters Waterway Holidays is offering people the chance to try canal boating free at 15 bases across the country as part of the British Marine Federation’s ‘On The Water Weekend’.
Britain’s beautiful 3,000-mile canal and river network is in better shape than ever so there’s never been a better time to try a canal boat holiday.
The 'On The Water Weekend’, held over 27-28 April, aims to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds wanting to get out on the water. The weekend will be filled with opportunities to try canal boating, canoeing or sailing. You’ll be able to find out about training, boating holidays and what’s available locally.
Sarah Dhanda, BMF Senior Federation director, says: “Over three million UK adults participate in on-water activities and this event has been launched to encourage more to join them and get on the water.”
Drifters’ taster sessions will include boat tours, holiday discounts and free trips on skippered boats. Full details of what each site is offering can be found at www.drifters.co.uk. No booking is required.
Tim Parker, chairman of Drifters Canal Boat Holidays, adds: “Britain’s beautiful 3,000-mile canal and river network is in better shape than ever so there’s never been a better time to try a canal boat holiday.
“Around a fifth of hire boaters are new to the market each year, showing that it’s easy to learn how to steer a boat and navigate the canals. We hope our free taster sessions over the ‘On the Water Weekend’ will introduce many more people to the joys of a holiday afloat on the canals.”
For details of all the ‘On the Water Weekend’ events visit www.onthewater.co.uk
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