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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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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've completed a project to build new habitat for water voles on the River Stort.
We've installed around 150 metres of new canal bank made of coconut-fibre rolls and reeds near Feildes Weir. The new banking will be perfect for water voles to make their homes, hide from predators and find an ample food source. The work will also help to support the river bank to prevent damage to the towpath on this section of the Stort.
Essex Wildlife Trust and Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust plan to reintroduce water voles to the Stort later this year and this work will provide suitable habitat for the species.
Funding for the project was provided by The Michael Marks Charitable Trust, Chapman Charitable Trust and Clark Bradbury Charitable Trust, as well as the generous Friends of the Canal & River Trust and individual donors, who responded to an online appeal.
Chantal Dave, Canal & River Trust environmental scientist, said: “The project has gone really well, so we’re pleased to have got it completed, particularly in time for the breeding season which runs from March until October. It’d be great to see water voles back on this stretch of the Stort, and we’ll continue to monitor the site for progress.”
Charles Baker, Canal & River Trust senior project manager, who oversaw the work, added: “This was not only a chance to help water voles, but also at the same time working to stabilise the river bank and protect the towpath from further erosion. Working closely with our engineers, environmental scientist and with additional external support from the Environment Agency, we have solved several problems within one project, delivering a robust and long term solution.”
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