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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
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Further to our update on January 4 we’re continuing to deal with the aftermath of the Christmas floods on parts of our network in the North.
Our staff have been out inspecting bridges, embankments and wash walls, assessing the damage and putting together plans for repair - and we hope to provide more detail on the programme before the end of January.
The damage caused varies and we hope some sections of affected waterway could be reopened in a matter of weeks. However other stretches, where significant engineering works are needed, are more likely to be closed for several months.
As well as getting everything in place for repairs and rebuilds, the clean-up operation has also swung into action. Our staff, contractors and volunteers have been busy clearing debris, washing down towpaths and cleaning moorings where access allows it.
We’re particularly grateful to all the volunteers who have given their time to help their local waterways to recover. There’s considerable damage and disruption to parts of the network but, undaunted, volunteers have generously offered their time and support.
One example saw our Huddersfield Towpath Taskforce lend a hand to their counterparts in Brighouse and both groups joined forces on Friday to tidy Cromwell Lock on the Calder & Hebble Navigation. They helped to clear tree branches and other debris blocking the lock and removed rubbish that floodwaters had dropped onto the lockside.
Over on the Rochdale Canal volunteers have also been out removing all the debris and mud from the towpaths at locks 8 and 9 and between 11 and 12. We’ve been joined by new volunteers at Hebden Bridge – a lovely example of the local community pulling together to help out. Starting from today volunteers will be working with our construction teams to begin repairs to the towpath at lock 8 in Hebden Bridge and lock 18 in Todmorden.
There are still some places where the towpath is covered with slippery mud and we remind everyone to be careful – particularly with icy weather forecast for the coming week.
This map illustrates a generalised view of the areas affected by flooding. More details can be found locally for:
For more information on flooding in your area check the Environment Agency's website.
For the latest information about the weather including severe weather warnings please check the Met Office website.
In the aftermath of the floods, communities are coming together, canals are being cleaned up and we are raising funds to rebuild them
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends