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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
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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.
London’s canals and rivers will play an important role in delivering the Mayor’s vision for cycling, cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan has confirmed.
We've welcomed the approach and will work with Transport for London (TfL), local councils and community groups to improve towpaths, develop alternative cycling routes and ensure waterways deliver strategic links in London. Boaters, walkers and anglers, will also benefit from better towpaths and links between places.
More people are using London’s towpaths than ever before, and we work to support responsible shared use through our 'Share the Space' campaign, by improving towpaths and developing better links with roads.
Andrew Gilligan said: “London’s towpaths offer a great way to get around the city and are home to some iconic spots – with continued investment they can help support the Mayor’s ambitious vision for cycling. We recognise that in some areas, like some stretches of the Regent’s Canal, capacity is limited at busy times. But where there is opportunity we want to work with the Canal & River Trust to develop Quietway routes, improve towpaths for shared use and create better travel links throughout the city.”
Brian Fender, chairman of the Canal & River Trust's London Waterways Partnership, said: “London’s waterways are open for everyone and support a wide range of journeys around the city, so we welcome the Mayor’s vision for cycling. We want to support growth, improve the quality of our towpaths, connect with new routes and enable more communities to enjoy the canals. Towpaths are shared spaces with many different users and have to be treated carefully, so cycling will only be promoted where suitable.”
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
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
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways