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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
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.
Over £650,000 is being invested in a green route stretching more than two miles along the Grand Union Canal for the benefit of the hundreds of walkers, cyclists, joggers and boaters in west London who use the towpath every day.
It will give boat owners, walkers, cyclists, joggers and families more space to enjoy the canal
Jon Guest, London waterway manager
Funding from Transport for London (TfL) and from Ealing and Hillingdon Councils is enabling us to revitalise this popular stretch of towpath.
The Grand Union Canal is more popular today than at any time in its history, and across London there has been a 21% increase in use of Greenways routes like towpaths in the past year. We are now working in partnership with TfL and local boroughs to transform the towpaths for the benefit of everyone.
In Ealing and Hillingdon, the towpath is narrow, making it difficult for people to share the space. Following a pilot scheme in Ealing last year, we are now creating over two miles of wider, more accessible towpath between the railway bridge over the canal near Northolt in Ealing and Spikes Footbridge in Hillingdon. Overhanging bushes and encroaching brambles along the towpath will also be cut back to improve visibility along this stretch.
Ealing and Hillingdon Councils, in partnership with TfL, are investing £594,000 over two years through its Cycling on Greenways programme. Additionally, the Trust is investing £60,000 in the green route.
The works are supporting the Mayor of London’s Vision for Cycling in London. It will help accommodate growth in walking and cycling while providing a safe and attractive environment for all canal users, whilst enabling pedestrians to maintain priority on the towpaths.
Jon Guest, London waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Creating an improved towpath in Ealing and Hillingdon will completely transform the Grand Union Canal in the area. It will give boat owners, walkers, cyclists, joggers and families more space to enjoy the canal, whether they’re cycling to meet a friend, walking to work or feeding the ducks. As the popularity of London’s canals continues to grow, the Canal & River Trust is actively finding ways to improve the experience for all waterway lovers.”
Thousands of people use London’s towpaths every day. The Canal & River Trust’s ‘Share the Space’ campaign encourages people to consider others when using London’s towpaths by being considerate and slowing down, remembering to give pedestrians priority.
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