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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.
One of London’s muddiest stretches of towpath has had a major make over thanks to over a quarter of a million pounds of funding from Transport for London’s (TfL) Cycling on Greenways Programme.
We've transformed almost 1.2km of the Grand Union Canal’s towpath through Southall as part of our commitment to deliver ‘Better Towpaths for Everyone’.
The work involved rebuilding and improving the towpath surface and canal edges between Spikes Bridge and Beaconsfield Road. It continues the work we carried out in Ealing and Hillingdon over the last year, with funding from TfL and the boroughs.
This work has made a further stretch of the canal towpath network a safer, convenient and welcoming environment for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities. We hope that the investment will encourage more local residents and others from further afield to use and appreciate this and other sections of London’s wonderful waterways.
Jon Guest, London waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We have turned what had been a muddy and inaccessible towpath into a real local gem for Southall, and a space that local residents and families can enjoy and feel proud of. The canal in this area has suffered neglect in the past. The more we can encourage people to use, value and care for it, the more they will get out of it.”
Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said: “The canal is a beautiful and tranquil part of the borough that’s well worth exploring. It’s fantastic that it’s been made more accessible, attractive and easier to use especially for people in wheelchairs, those pushing buggies or cycling.”
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