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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
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.
A 1km stretch of canal in the heart of London has been completely drained of water this week ahead of our £45 million winter restoration programme, which starts next month.
The Regent's Canal has been drained between Johnson Lock and Limehouse Basin in east London to allow specialist brick-layers to repair large, 2-3ft-wide voids, which have developed in the canal wall.
Boats will still be able to travel between Limehouse Basin, the River Lee, and the Grand Union during the closure via the Hertford Union Canal and Limehouse Cut.
The water was released by opening Commercial Lock and slowly allowing the 7.5 million gallons of water to drain out. Hundreds of fish, including massive 3ft-long carp weighing 25 pounds, were scooped up and moved to safety.
Works are expected to start next week and the area will remain empty for ten weeks, re-opening ahead of Christmas.
Next month the public will be given the rare chance to go behind-the-scenes and venture into the bottom of the canal, giving them the opportunity to see up close some of the finest examples of working industrial heritage in the world.
Last year specialist divers entered the Regent's Canal to identify areas in need of vital attention. This week engineers returned, climbing down onto the canal-bed to undertake a more thorough inspection that is only possible when the water has been drained.
We braced ourselves to find a wide range of debris on the canal-bed. In the past a moped, stolen treasure, and a hero’s World War One medal have been recovered following clean-up operations. This week as the water drained out a safe, discarded iphone, hoover, trolleys, dozens of tyres, office chair, PC, and tens of thousands of plastic bags were unearthed.
The annual cost of cleaning up litter on our waterways last year was just under £900,000, with London costing the lion share with more than £1/2 million spent.
It is hoped a mass-volunteer rubbish collection will take place once the area is secured and made safe.
In November we will begin a major overhaul of our waterways as part of a five-month, multi-million pound maintenance programme to canals and rivers across England and Wales.
The essential maintenance will include the replacement of worn-out lock gates and repairs to aqueducts, reservoirs and tunnels. The works will also provide thousands of visitors the rare chance to go behind-the-scenes and venture into the bottom of drained lock chambers.
Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, says: “The Canal & River Trust cares for a remarkable 2,000 mile network of historic waterways, ensuring they work as they were designed to 200 years ago. The Regent's Canal drainage and repair work is just one of many projects we undertake which also give the public a rare glimpse beneath the surface of our waterways and a chance to appreciate the work we do to care for these national treasures.”
We carry out a year round programme of works to maintain and repair 2,000 miles of canals and rivers so they can be enjoyed by the 33,000 boats that use the network and 12 million towpath visitors each year. Many of the biggest projects are carried out during the winter months to minimise the impact on waterway users.
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