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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
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Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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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
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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 Llangollen Canal, one of Britain’s most spectacular waterways, takes centre stage in BBC Countryfile Magazine’s 10th anniversary issue, with a feature on a canal boat family holiday by presenter John Craven.
The 46 mile Llangollen Canal made the perfect setting for an ‘exhilarating’ short break aboard a canal narrowboat enjoyed by John and his grandsons.
The waterway straddles the border between England and Wales and features the stunning 11 mile World Heritage Site around the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – Britain’s tallest aqueduct - looked after by us.
A veteran supporter of the waterways, John said he thoroughly enjoyed his boating break. He summed up the experience in the BBC Countryfile magazine:
"It had been an exhilarating, slow-motion few days. We had glided though breath-taking countryside while being overtaken by walkers and their dogs, joggers, cyclists and kayakers – canals aren’t just for narrowboats.
"Many peaceful hours of travelling had been dotted with moments of tension, certainly on my part, as I tried to master the skills needed for a method of transportation that hasn’t changed in centuries. We agreed it had been far more than just a short holiday. The Llangollen Canal had given us an experience we’d never forget."
Wendy Capelle, our local waterway manager, said: "The Llangollen Canal is one of the most popular canals on our 2,000 mile national waterway network. Every year thousands of boaters, walkers and holiday makers visit us to enjoy the stunning scenery and marvel at the incredible aqueduct.
"We’re delighted John and his grandsons had a great time. We hope Countryfile’s viewers and readers appreciate his feature and feel inspired to follow in his footsteps."
The BBC Countryfile’s 10 anniversary issue goes on sale on 29 September.
Come and find out more about our beautiful Llangollen Canal.
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