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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
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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
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Once again we're calling again for motorists to take care when crossing over the nation’s 200 year old canals after £20,000 worth of damage has been done to one of Staffordshire's bridges.
We've been left to deal with the repair after a car skidded and slammed into the bridge which crosses the Hatherton Canal just outside the village of Four Crosses in Cannock.
The bridge, which has been hit three times over the last few years, was hit with such force that the side of the bridge completely broke away and ended up in the canal.
Robert Malpass, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “Each year we spend over £1million on repairing our historic canal bridges. Thankfully in this case the cost of the repair will be recovered through the driver’s insurance company but in most cases these accidents leave us unable to recoup its cost and thus diverting vital funds away from work to conserve the nation’s waterways.
“Our bridges are a much-loved and important part of the history of the canals and I would urge motorists to take care and slow down when crossing them– particularly in icy conditions. This is particularly important for drivers of heavy goods vehicles and farm tractors with trailers where even a slight nudge can cause significant damage. You will save yourself and us a great deal of expense and aggravation and help to protect the region’s important industrial heritage.”
Pollington Lock gate replacement works enter final phase
22 February 2018
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
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
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018