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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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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?
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
As water levels begin to recede, we're preparing to get the nation’s canal network repaired and fully open. Hundreds of trees have already been cleared and engineers are beginning to assess the cost of damage to towpaths, bridges and embankments, particularly in parts of the South and South West. Across large parts of the country the remarkable resilience of the two centuries old canal system has again been proven and it remains open for people to use.
Nevertheless, costs are mounting in the areas most affected. South Wales is seeing the most significant impacts of the extreme weather with the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal alone facing rising costs of £1million and at least nine weeks of repairs at Llanfoist.
The sustained wet weather has caused a section of the 200-year old embankment, which carries the canal along the hill side from the Brecon Beacons down to the more populated areas of South Wales around Pontypool and Cwmbran, to become so saturated that it has ‘slipped’ down the side of the hill. Engineers have been working to stabilise the embankment and from today (Monday 24 February) will begin effectively ‘nailing’ it back to the bedrock using up to 500 massive pins.
So far the waterways community has rallied-around with donations to the charity’s National Flood Appeal and offers of volunteer support to help with the clean-up operation. Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal, or volunteer their time to help with the clean-up, can visit canalrivertrust.org.uk.
Vince Moran, Canal & River Trust’s operations director, comments: “I’d like to thank those who have shown support during this difficult time, not least those who have donated so generously and our staff who have been out around-the-clock keeping sluices clear and minimising damage when water flows were at their peak.
“Weather permitting we’re planning to get the affected parts of the system back to normal as soon as possible. However there is going to be a considerable cost involved. Repairing a small section of Wales’ Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal alone will cost approximately £1million.
“The vast majority of canals across the country are still open and being used, but we still need help. I’d encourage people to show their support for the nation’s canals and rivers, either through donating to our appeal, volunteering to help with the clean-up, or by booking a boating holiday to experience the wonder of the waterways this year.”
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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