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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
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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.
We are inviting local boaters, walkers, cyclists and heritage lovers to come and inspect its work following the completion of a project to transform the Grade II Listed Tame Aqueduct which carries the Peak Forest Canal over the River Tame in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside.
We were able to spend £500,000 restoring the aqueduct which included extensive repairs to the three masonry arches and repointing of the stonework using traditional lime mortar. Craftsman also had to reconstruct part of the aqueduct parapet after it had been vandalised, recovering many of the original stones from the river below.
Dating back to c1798, the aqueduct was designed by Benjamin Outram one of the country’s most revered civil engineers. The aqueduct is situated at Portland Basin at the junction of the Ashton Canal and Peak Forest Canal and was a key route for the transportation of coal and cotton into Manchester.
Andy Johnson, our senior project manager said: "Repairing this local landmark was a fascinating task. Because the aqueduct is so old and important the Canal & River Trust had specialists onsite giving advice.
"We hope that the work we’ve done will stop it being vandalised in the future to ensure this beautiful aqueduct remains to be enjoyed by the local community and visitors for many years to come. Come and have a look and see what you think."
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
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16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre