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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.
Together with Tring Anglers and the Boxmoor & District Angling Society, we've relocated over 5,000 fish to the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal.
In 2013 pollution in the canal devastated fish stocks. To help restore fish numbers, specialist fish contractors MEM Fisheries have transferred fish from Aylesbury Basin and Westbrook Mere in Hemel Hempstead to the Aylesbury Arm near Buckland.
The fish were caught using large nets, placed in special bins filled with clean water and transported by trailer to the canal.
John Ellis, national fisheries and angling manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Back in 2013 pollution entered the canal near the village of Buckland killing a vast number of fish and affecting the fishery along a two mile stretch of the canal. Thankfully we have now been able to restock the canal by relocating fish from the canal basin and those donated from the Boxmoor & District Angling Society who kindly provided us with mature roach and bream from their fishing lake.”
Mike Heylin OBE, secretary to the Boxmoor & District Angling Society, said: “This lake is principally a carp fishery so when we heard that the canal needed some extra fish we offered the Trust and Tring Anglers the opportunity to take some roach and bream as really we had too many in this water. Having too many fish in a small lake can be bad for fish health and growth so we wanted to reduce the numbers whilst also helping to restore stocks in our local canal. By donating these fish also means our carp will flourish and should grow on well now.”
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
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018