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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
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
Get your free guide
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Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
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.
Pupils from five primary schools will take part in a series of canal and water themed challenges over the next five days at the popular Stoke Bruerne Museum in Northamptonshire to celebrate National Science & Engineering Week (18-22 March).
There’s no better way for young people to learn than to visit the canals and see for themselves all they have to offer.
The activities at the museum on the Grand Union Canal will be led by our education volunteers.
The pupils, all aged between four and 11, will find out how and why some objects float and why others sink, explore the industrial history of the waterways in the museum, find out how a lock works and visit Bob Nightingale, the blacksmith based in the canal side buildings at the entrance to Blisworth Tunnel. The children will also go on a boat trip into the haunted Blisworth Tunnel and learn how to be safe when out and about on the waterways.
Elaine Stanley, education volunteer co-ordinator for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The waterways are a fantastic classroom, home to pioneering science, wonderful wildlife and, of course, all the history the 200 year old canals and rivers have seen.”
“There’s no better way for young people to learn than to visit the canals and see for themselves all they have to offer, and we’re delighted to be welcoming the schools to Stoke Bruerne Museum to celebrate National Science & Engineering Week.”
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
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
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal