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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
MP for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband, turned his hand to lock keeping recently as part of a visit to see how local waterways are benefitting communities.
Mr Miliband visited Sprotbrough Lock on the Sheffield & South Yorkshire navigations to find out more about how local waterways are being cared for and how more people are playing their part in looking after them.
The visit saw Mr Miliband meet the local team and discuss a range of issues such as the Trust’s work to get more young people involved with their local waterways and how canals and rivers can bring a range of benefits to local communities such as encouraging healthy lifestyles.
The visit was also an opportunity for Mr Miliband to learn about the use of the region’s waterways for the movement of freight and he even helped operate the lock to enable the Humber Princess, a tanker capable of carrying 500 tonnes, to travel upstream.
Whilst the giant lock, which measures a massive 75 metres long and 7 metres deep, was refilling, Mr Miliband took the opportunity to step on board the Humber Princess and meet the crew. The Princess is one of a number of freight barges that still operates on the region’s waterways. Run by John H Whitaker Tankers Ltd, she can carry the equivalent of more than 20 lorries inland from the Humber.
Mr Miliband said; “It was fantastic to meet the team who manage Sprotbrough Lock and see for myself the results of the recent improvement works.”
Jon Horsfall, waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust, said; “We really enjoyed welcoming Mr Miliband to Sprotbrough Lock and to show him some of the exciting things that are happening on waterways in the area.
“It’s a great time on the waterways, with record numbers of people visiting, volunteering and even adopting their local stretch, and Mr Miliband was really interested in our efforts locally to get more and more people of all ages involved with their nearest canal or river.
“It was a great opportunity to show how our waterways still play an important role in daily life, providing a tranquil escape, offering places for exercise and healthy living and supporting local industry.”
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018