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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
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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.
A 730-metre section of the Lancaster Canal, which has been closed for emergency repairs since the end of June, has re-opened today – three days ahead of schedule.
We were forced to close this stretch of canal on the Lune embankment just north of Lancaster after it developed a leak. Since then our engineers and contractors have been working long days and weekends to repair three substantial holes in the canal bed in order to re-open the waterway as quickly as possible.
Over the weekend the canal was re-filled with a small amount of water and inspected to ensure there were no air pockets or further leaks and then water levels gradually restored to navigation standard in time to re-open the canal to boaters today.
Graham Ramsden, project manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “Our staff and contractors, Kier, have been working flat-out to make sure we re-opened the canal as soon as we possibly could.
“Maintaining a 200-year-old canal network is a constant challenge and unfortunately we do occasionally have to deal with emergency leaks like this one.”
Chantelle Seaborn, local waterway manager with the Canal & River Trust, added: “We’d like to thank the boaters and local businesses who were affected by the emergency closure for their understanding and forbearance during the work.”
In total 480 tonnes of clay were required to fill in the three holes along a 20-metre section of the canal, bringing the bed of the canal up to its original height.
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
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