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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.
We're planning emergency work to stablise an embankment on the Llangollen Canal in Hampton Bank after discovering signs of leakage.
Our maintenance team detected movement as part of the canal's regular inspections and immediately carried out a detailed inspection of the embankment. Engineers are designing a solution to stabilise the embankment as quickly as possible whilst minimising disruption and disturbance to users and wildlife. Works are expected to take several weeks to complete, closing the canal for boats until the beginning of April. There will be towpath closures during periods of the work.
Wendy Capelle, waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust, explains: “We have been keeping a close eye on the embankment after signs of bank settlement and leakage were detected during our regular inspections. Our engineers have been developing a programme of works to stabilise the embankment by installing piling along a 200-metre section to prevent further slippage. We appreciate that this is a disruption for people who enjoy the towpath and for any boaters planning on visiting the canal, but by carrying out the emergency works now we will ensure the embankment is stable for the main boating season along this very popular canal.
“The Llangollen Canal is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most popular canals attracting thousands of visitors to the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. It’s too early to predict the cost of the repairs at this stage, but it is another reminder of the work and investment that needs to go into keeping this important piece of heritage in top condition.”
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
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