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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.
Boaters will now be able to navigate the Peak Forest Canal more easily thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the Macclesfield Canal Society who have removed overhanging vegetation along the 200-year old canal.
The week-long operation covered the whole stretch of the 15-mile long Peak Forest Canal from Whaley Bridge to Dukinfield. The improvements will now make navigation along the historic canal easier for boaters and allow more light onto the canal which helps the array of wildlife which lives in around the water.
We provided a workboat with a wood chipper, qualified operators and all the necessary tools and safety equipment which allowed the volunteers to tackle the overgrown trees and vegetation alongside the canal bank opposite the towpath.
Volunteer co-ordinator Steve O’Sullivan said: “This is a fantastic example of how we are working with volunteers to help keep the canal network in tip-top order. The Macclesfield Canal Society brought together these helpers and put together an ambitious work programme.
“As many boaters will be aware, overgrowth of trees and other vegetation on the offside of the Peak Forest canals can present problems. I cannot thank these helpers enough for volunteering to help with this important task and their efforts will be much appreciated by boaters who use this section of the canal.”
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