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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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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.
The recent open day at Lock 42 on the Trent & Mersey Canal attracted over 300 people, who came to see what a pound looks like when it’s empty.
Visitors young and old descended into the bottom of the five-metre-deep lock. They were greeted by members of the construction team from the Canal & River Trust who told them all about what it takes to keep the country’s waterways working.
Once in the lock visitors were able to see the brand new oak gates, walk along the lock floor and see close up the inner workings of an example of the UK’s best industrial heritage.
Graham Lea, maintenance manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “To so have so many people join us during the day was fantastic, despite the lunch time showers. Visitors were asking lots of insightful questions and they seemed to love finding out more about what keeps our historic waterways working.
“One of the most pleasing things was the mix of ages who attended – we had kids to grandparents throughout the day which just shows how important the waterways are to people.”
The lock, known as Limekiln Lock, is located between Kidsgrove and Church Lawton. It was constructed around 1830, some 60 years after the one adjacent to it because of the demands on the canal by large volumes of commercial boats. These boats moved cargos such as coal, flints and of course pottery to the large industrial centres such as Manchester and Birmingham. Previous engineers on this lock include some famous trio of James Brindley, Hugh Henshall and Thomas Telford.
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