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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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Find your favourite waterway
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
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.
A new guide encouraging more people to explore the River Severn by boat has been launched this week.
The free guide gives boaters tips on how to safely negotiate their way down the historic waterway in all kinds of craft, as well as more general information about boating on the UK’s canals and rivers.
The illustrated booklet will be aboard all hire boats operating on the Severn, with copies also available at each of the river locks, as well as in downloadable form from our website.
The UK’s longest river, the Severn runs through historic cities, past cosy pubs and stunning cathedrals, and is home to boats of just about every shape and size. Already attracting visitors from around the world, the new guide is hoped to encourage more people out on to the water.
Nick Worthington, waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “The River Seven is a fantastic part of the UK’s landscape, and a great place to visit. Travelling down it by boat gives you a whole different view of the amazing places the river runs through, and hopefully this guide will encourage more boaters to give it a go.
“You’ll find inside stretch-by-stretch advice on navigating up and down the river, for all different kinds of boats. Whether you fancy taking out a narrowboat or just taking to the water under your own steam in a canoe, there’s advice in the guide to make your journey as smooth as possible, as well as important safety information. In our view, there’s no better way to see the river.”
Downoad your own copy of the guide today
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