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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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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.
We're asking people to support a new appeal to boost water vole numbers along the River Stort on the Essex and Hertfordshire border.
We've launched a fundraising appeal that we hope will help to create more habitat for Britain’s fastest declining mammal, the water vole. We want to build vole-friendly soft banking and a new reed bed, as part of a wider project to make vital improvements to the towpath near Harlow. The special banking will be ideal for the voles to burrow in, make habitat and hide from predators, while the reed bed will provide a new and more abundant source for food.
Three pioneer funders are already providing funding to kick off the project: The Michael Marks Charitable Trust, Chapman Charitable Trust and Clark Bradbury Charitable Trust. However, we're still hoping to raise more funds to make this stretch, between the confluence with the River Lee and Lower Lock, a great habitat for water voles.
Chantal Dave, Canal & River Trust environmental scientist, said: “Water voles are among the real characters of the waterways. They are small, fluffy and pretty cute, but they are desperately in need of our support if they are to continue to live in this area. We plan to make upgrades to the towpath on this section of the Stort and this is the ideal opportunity to improve the river bank to support water voles.
"We hope to get started this winter to give the water vole population the chance to thrive after their breeding season. Any support people provide us will enable us to get as much of the river bank improved as is possible.”
Donate to the appeal now!
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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