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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.
To celebrate the essential works being carried out at three locks on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Seend, we are giving local people the chance to walk down into one of the drained locks during a special open day this weekend.
Visitors will be able to walk down into the drained chamber of Lock 18 to see the brand-new lock gates which have just been installed and talk to engineers about the challenges and rewards of repairing 19 Century engineering with 21 Century technology. There will also be family activities, poetry recitals and a chance to take a virtual tour along stretches of the 2,000 miles of waterway that we care for.
Caroline Robson, our development & engagement manager says: "We’re delighted to be able to offer this unusual chance to walk along the bottom of lock 18 to see the much loved Kennet & Avon Canal from a very different perspective. Our apprentice bricklayer will be teaching people some skills in bricklaying as well as talking about the Canal & River Trust’s apprentice programme and all that we do as a charity to keep the canal open for people to use and enjoy. And if you’re in need of a special handmade present for the mums in your life for Mothering Sunday, then you can make a bat or bird box or make something in the yarn workshop. There will be a lot going on to celebrate this important work so we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!"
We're spending £281,000 on Wiltshire locks 17, 18 and 19 to ensure they are working smoothly for the busy boating season.
The works are being carried out as part of our annual £38 million, five-month programmer of repairs to England and Wales’ waterways between November and March. We carry out an annual programme of restoration and repairs to the nation’s waterways during the winter to minimise the inconvenience of navigation closures to boaters during the busy summer season.
The free public open day is on Saturday 10 March, 10am to 4pm. Parking will be at The Barge Inn, Seend, Melksham SN12 6QB.
Please wear sensible and waterproof footwear i.e. flat boots, trainers. Dogs are welcome but will not be allowed in the locks. There will be a space to leave bikes and buggies. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to go in the locks. Unfortunately, the locks are not suitable for wheelchairs but people will be able to view the lock from the bridge.
Seend Lock Open Day
Come and find out more about the Seend Lock Open Day here.
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