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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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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.
Nine children and their helpers joined us to take part in a towpath clean-up along a two-mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal yesterday (Sunday 5 October).
The volunteers, from Hindu Youth Group MK, were taking part in Sewa Day, which is an international movement embedded in Indian tradition that involves acts of kindness performed selflessly and without ulterior motive.
The children met at Giffard Park in Milton Keynes and spent 3½ hours clearing cans, bottles, plastic bags and other litter from the canal towpath. In total they collected 22 bags of rubbish, which we took away for recycling.
Vinod Mistry, from Hindi Youth Group MK, comments: “I can speak on behalf of the whole group and convey that a fantastic time was had by all. Thanks to the Canal & River Trust for all the interesting facts about the canal and making the experience fun for the kids. It is great to see such commitment to the Sewa Day project.”
John Highmore, volunteer co-ordinator for the Canal & River Trust, said: “We supplied the black bags and litter-pickers but the volunteers did all the rest. The canal is a haven for wildlife and a place for people to get away from it all, so it’s important to keep it tidy. The kids did a fantastic job and can be really proud of what they achieved. A nicer group you could not hope to meet. It was great spending the day with them and a privilege to be part of the Sewa Day initiative.”
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Canal & River Trust brand
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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
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