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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
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
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
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.
The Trust, has announced a programme of works aimed at improving the Grand Union Canal in Leicestershire in this winter.
The work programme, which can be viewed at - Winter stoppages includes lock gate repairs at:
The works are part of the Trust’s national, £43 million winter maintenance programme, which sees an army of Trust engineers, conservationists and contractors mobilised to carry out essential repairs across 2,000 miles of canals, rivers and docks.
Charlotte Wood, from the Trust, said: "The waterways in Leicestershire are a real gem, but they are over 200-years old so need plenty of looking after. Keeping them running requires constant maintenance, so we’re using this winter period, when there are fewer boats travelling on the canal, to get as much done as we can."
Lock gates typically last around 25 years and allow countless boats to travel up and down the canal. Each new made-to-measure lock gate weighs several tonnes, and is handcrafted from seasoned oak to fit each lock chamber. Once in place the new lock gates will help the Trust conserve water and keep boats moving along the waterway.
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