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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
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
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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
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.
21 waterway destinations around the country have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for providing fantastic educational visits for local schools.
The visits are run by our Explorers team who run a scheme linked to the National Curriculum. It aims to teach children about the wonders of their local waterways and how to enjoy them safely.
The programme sees trained, locally-based education volunteers running fun-filled activities for school and youth groups. Children learn about their local area, science and technology. So far, over 35,000 children discovered their local canal or river with help from the Explorers team.
Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the LOtC Quality Badge is a national standard that lets teachers know that the sessions are educational, enjoyable and safe.
Annette Simpson from the Canal & River Trust education team, said: “We’re thrilled to have so many destinations awarded the badge, it’s a real testament to the great work our education volunteers do. School trips are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life, and our team work hard to make them as engaging and exciting as possible, making young people as passionate about the waterways as we are. We look forward to welcoming even more children to the waterways in the years to come.”
Elaine Skates, chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said: “The LOtC Quality Badge offers teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit, but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.”
Sites awarded the badge include:
Find out more about organising a school visit to one of our canals or rivers
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
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways