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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
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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
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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
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The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port is playing host to an atmospheric exhibition of linocut art by celebrated canal artist Eric Gaskell.
The show, which opens on 4 May 4 and runs to 31 July, features works looking at a variety of canal-based motifs; the lock gates, the tumbling water, townscapes and landscape and the boats. Some are created more than once using different colour sets and print techniques.
All the prints are taken from limited edition sets, printed using either multi-block or reduction methods. There are also a number of new black and white prints, some as part of the 'Canal Linocut' series and other one-off editions. The official Canal & River Trust poet laureate, Jo Bell, will be showing a number of her poems alongside Eric Gaskell's prints.
Eric Gaskell says: "The eddying waters, the still water, the rain peppered surfaces. The multi-storey, the warehouse, the cottage and the boatyard. The barge, the boat, the lock-gate, the keel and the ropework. All these things and more keep me returning to the canal as a continuing source of inspiration to create figurative and abstract image.
"This new set of work uses a variety of lino and relief printmaking techniques, and looks at both the small things on the canal, the gear, the gates and the big things. The work covers a wide range of motifs, that I think combine to give a different view - my view - of the canal."
Eric Gaskell has been creating art, illustration and design for more than 32 years and has exhibited widely in one-man and group shows in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has work in many private collections and his small book Canal Linocuts (available online) has become a cult book for collectors.
Jo Bell, the first 'Canal Laureate', is a poet, archaeologist and boat-dweller, working all over the UK on poetry projects large and small. As well as her recent role as director of National Poetry Day, Jo has also been Glastonbury Festival poet in residence and Cheshire Poet Laureate.
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