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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
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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
A rare 5lb 10oz eel thought to be more than 20 years old has been found living in the canal near West Bromwich, Birmingham.
The eel was discovered by the Trust, after nearly 200lbs of fish were rescued from the waterway after a pollution incident along the Ridgacre Branch Canal.
John Ellis, national fisheries and angling manager at the Trust, said: "Finding an eel this size is pretty amazing as it's not something you see every day. I’m delighted we’ve had a chance to admire this wonderful creature.
"Eels are such a fascinating animal, they start life as a little egg in the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda and make an epic 4,000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean to end up in canals and rivers across Europe and North Africa. Once they enter in the canal they will spend their life growing and maturing before returning to the Sargasso Sea to breed."
Eels are protected by law and are capable of surviving for periods of time out of water and, according the legend, are capable of crossing land and damp meadows in their search for water systems. Once eels have left the rivers to return to the sea to spawn, they stop feeding, and so have to rely on stored energy alone.
John continues: "We have safely put the eel back in a nearby canal so it can continue exploring our wonderful waterways. And if you’re really lucky you might just catch a glimpse of it swimming somewhere near you!"
To find out more about eels, please visit our eel pages
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