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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
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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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Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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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
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.
We are launching a new certificate that commemorates any boaters completing the 30 locks that make up Tardebigge Lock Flight in Worcestershire.
We are also praising the work of our army of volunteer lock keepers, who have been out in force along the Flight throughout the spring and summer to give extra support to boat owners and holiday makers using the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.
Tardebigge’s 30 locks are spread over two and a quarter miles, and enable boats to ascend or descend 67 metres in height, higher than the tower of Worcester Cathedral. The Flight is a halfway point between Worcester and Birmingham, the country’s canal capital.
Timothy Booker, our waterway supervisor, said: "Tardebigge Flight covers such a scenic section of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and navigating through 30 locks takes a lot of effort, so we want to recognise anyone who completes the challenge. Hopefully it gives further gravitas to the Flight, which is a bit of sleeping giant. It’s a major waterway landmark enjoyed by boaters and other visitors throughout the year.
"A special mention must also go to our team of volunteer lock keepers who give up their time to help people navigate the locks. With so many locks, a bit of help is often very much appreciated. As a charity it’s fantastic that so many people continue to support our work and bring extra life and enthusiasm to such a beautiful stretch of canal.
"We think that life is better by water, it’s great that so many people are choosing to visit the canal in one way or other, and if recognition of their efforts can encourage more people then that’s great."
Boaters keen to claim their certificate can do so by scanning on a QR code located on posters on the flight or by emailing email@example.com
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018