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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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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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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Hundreds of visitors flocked to our open day at Stanley Ferry on Sunday to learn more about how we make lock gates and join in with an interactive poetry workshop run by Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan.
In a lyrical twist to the event, visitors were treated to some interactive poetry workshops by renowned Yorkshire poet, Ian McMillan as part of ‘Locklines’ – an innovative arts project developed by Kate Maddison and Rick Faulkner of Chrysalis Arts..
During the event on Sunday more than 500 visitors of all ages took the opportunity to tour the woodworking workshop, engineering rooms, dry dock, view the ‘Tom Puddings’.
Every individual lock gate is unique to its canal and has to be hand crafted to achieve a water-tight fit in its chamber to carry out its 25-30 year working life. The workshop team make the new gates in around 20 days.
Steve Brunt, Stanley Ferry’s workshop supervisor said: “Thousands of people drive by our workshop and millions visit the canals each year, but many might not realise what it takes to keep them in top working order. It’s great for us to be able to give people the chance to learn more about waterways life as we have something really unique here.”
Visitors were also able to find out more about Locklines, a project supported by Art Council England aimed at encouraging people to stop and take a closer look at the canals that they live on or alongside, or explore in their leisure time. Four locks around the country have had poetry carved into their lock beams by the sculptor Peter Coates whose innovative lettering of words by Roy Fisher, Jo Bell and Ian McMillan, makes people stop and take a moment to think about their local canal.
Ian McMillan says: “Normally, as I writer, I see my words disappear into the air; sometimes they're preserved on a page but they'll eventually fade away. Now, with my words shining in the sun beside the water, beautifully carved into wood, they'll last forever, or as close to forever as makes no difference. This project has been a perfect partnership of words and visuals, of the kind I've wanted to do for a long time.”
Kate Maddison of Chrysalis Arts added: “I am really excited about this art project which brings two worlds together that I value and have been involved with for many years: that of contemporary public art and the canals and their heritage. I look forward to seeing a new era where high quality art and traditional skills can be combined in creative ways to delight us now and enrich the heritage of the canals into the future.”
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