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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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Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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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.
Thousands of visitors flocked to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal on Sunday to catch a rare glimpse of two incredible 18th century canal structures.
This weekend we opened up the impressive Dowley Gap Aqueduct and neighbouring two rise locks after draining it for maintenance, giving a unique insight into the inner workings of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
During the event on Sunday more than 2,200 visitors of all ages took the opportunity to walk along a drained 50 metre section of the 240 year old aqueduct and ventured 20ft into the bottom of the locks as part of our annual waterway maintenance programme.
Iain Weston, waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust said: “Thousands of visitors pass these structures each year but many might not realise what it takes to keep them in top working order. As a new charity it’s important to get support from local communities in order to help us continue to protect what the great industrial pioneers of the 18th century left as their legacy.
“People commented that they’ve passed the locks and aqueduct so many times before but what was really impressive was to walk down inside them, get a close up look at the construction and learn interesting facts about how my teams carry out this work. Our aims during these open days have been to showcase these incredible heritage structures and to give local communities the chance to experience what they wouldn’t get a chance to see otherwise.”
The aqueduct, which spans the River Aire, is undergoing refurbishment works to a section of the embankment to reduce leakage whilst two sets of lock gates are being replaced having been in operation for more than 25 years. New 3.5 tonne lock gates will be hoisted in over the next couple of weeks.
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
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
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal