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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
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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
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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.
The Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Brian Jones, has officially re-opened the Porter Row Cottages at the National Waterways Museum.
Past residents and their families together with volunteers joined the Mayor for a ribbon cutting and street party to celebrate the work of the volunteers and contractors in restoring this much loved exhibition.
John Inch, manager of the National Waterways Museum said: "A past resident of number five, Mr Green, donated a photograph of a street party on VE Day to our archive, so we took the opportunity to re-create the wonderful image at the event. The guests were delighted to meet up again and also be in the photograph which for some was for the second time as they were here in 1945.”
Porters Row was built in 1833 to house the growing number of dock workers and their families. Twelve houses were built, but only four remain today. They are some of the oldest houses in Ellesmere Port. A map in the museum archive from 1835 shows only five streets in the town of which Porters Row is one.
The houses were known as ‘Porters Row’ because they were mainly built for porters - men who moved and carried cargoes between the boats and the warehouses on the dockside. Census reports tell us that in 1851 there were porters, blacksmiths, shipwrights and watermen living in the cottages.
Restoring the cottages involved external decoration including roof repairs, re-lining the chimneys which enabled the fires within the cottages to be lit at the event.
Together with the external repairs our collections team had to arrange for over 300 objects to be taken out, safely stored and then carefully returned to Porters Row. Every object was recorded, carefully packed and its new location noted to ensure none of the objects were damaged or lost.
Porters Row is now fully open for the visitors to experience and enjoy. Find out more and plan your visit.
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