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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 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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Sharpness Port is celebrating a shipping milestone, as it welcomes the largest cargo to port since 1972.
Huge ship Narwa brought the cargo, 5714 tons of cement destined for the country’s building industry, into the port from Barcelona, and staff from the Canal & River Trust- the charity that operates the port and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal- were there to greet it.
The last time a shipment of this size was seen at Sharpness was over 40 years ago, after the ship Lyminge carried 5770 tons of soya bean meal into port from Toronto.
The huge cargo comes after another shipping milestone was hit earlier this year, when the Eva Maria Muller made her 283rd journey into port, bringing with her enough cement to take the combined tonnage of all of her cargoes over 1,000,000- a first for the port.
Nick Worthington, waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “It’s certainly a bit different to most of the traffic on our inland waterways, and while we often get big ships come into port at Sharpness, it’s rare that they’re carrying such huge shipments. It’s been an exciting time for us, and shows that shipping at Sharpness is still going strong.”
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Elland Bridge re-build shortlisted for engineering award
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