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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.
Just over 1,000 people visited Bulholme Lock on Sunday as part of our lock gate replacement open day programme.
Members of the public were able to walk along the drained lock on the Aire & Calder Navigation, which stands around 25ft deep and 460ft long, as well as speaking to the construction team behind the work to find out what's required to protect the 250 year old waterway network.
The hidden history has been opened up to the public this winter as part of our £50m spend on conservation and maintenance works across 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, which includes the replacement of 104 lock gates.
Mark Penny, the Canal & River Trust’s north east partnership chair said: “Our hope for the open day was to showcase the scale of the work we do on a daily basis as it’s important to us as a relatively new charity for local communities to feel a great sense of pride and ownership in their local waterway. We hope events like this encourage more people to use their local waterway and help us ensure the waterways are protected for another 250 years and beyond.”
Eric Walker, construction supervisor for the Bulholme project added: “People were amazed by the sheer size of the lock chamber and see the newly crafted lock gates. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the experience of seeing the inner workings of the lock and to have so many people visit was rewarding for my team who have been working hard to deliver this project.”
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
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