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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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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
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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
This weekend budding heritage buffs and canal enthusiasts will be able to get up close to the nation’s waterway heritage and find out more about the history of the Black Country’s canals.
Local people will have the chance to find out more about the history of the Grade II listed Bratch Locks on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal in Wombourne, Staffordshire.
The two-day event starts at 11am on Saturday 12 September and visitors will be able to take part in a guided tour of the locks and find out about the animals and insects living along the waterways.
Elizabeth Thomson, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “This open weekend is a great way for local people to see for themselves just how diverse the canals are. The waterways in the Black Country have been a busy hub of activity from the Industrial Revolution until well into the 20th century and the start of the new ‘leisure revolution’.
“Everywhere you look on a canal there is heritage to discover, use or touch. Much of the waterway network was built 200 years ago and the fact that it is still moving boats and water around today is testament to the skill and workmanship of the canal engineers of the time.”
The address is Bratch Locks, Bratch Lane, Wombourne, Staffordshire WV5 8DW. Parking is available on Bratch Lane.
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