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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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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.
As the nation prepares for a heat wave and with summer school holidays imminent we're urging children to stay safe by the water this summer.
Each year an average of 35 young children drown in the country’s inland waterways and coastal waters according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). We've announced a new initiative, Canal & River Explorers aimed at helping young people learn about and enjoy their local canal or river safely.
Around 10 million people, including many families, visit the waterways each year and the canals and rivers are more popular than ever. Although they may look tempting to cool off in on a hot summer’s day, we're urging young people to stay safe and keep out of the water.
Annette Simpson, education manager at the Canal & River Trust said: “Canals and rivers are brilliant places to go to on hot days, and excellent for families to explore during the holidays – I’d encourage anyone to make a visit this summer. But it’s also important that people, especially children, are aware of the risks water can pose. We are now teaching thousands of children through our education programmes each year and always urge parents to also make sure their children know how to stay safe – that way that they can get on and have some fun.”
We're urging families to be extra vigilant around inland waters such as canals, rivers and reservoirs. Although the water may look inviting on a hot summer’s day, any open body of water can pose a hazard as they may have hidden dangers lurking beneath the water. They can also be deep and the water quite cold which can quickly cause someone to get into trouble.
Linked to the National Curriculum, ‘Explorers’ is focussed on the Key Stage 2 age group and can also be used towards a number of Cubs Scout and Brownie badges. We're recruiting education volunteers nationwide to work with the Trust to deliver this important role to ensure children stay safe by the water and enjoy the wonders of the waterways in a safe way.
For further information visit www.canalriverexplorers.org.uk
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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