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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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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?
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Volunteers from local businesses in Paddington Central have helped give the canal in Little Venice a new coat of paint, ahead of this year’s IWA Canalway Cavalcade festival.
The team joined staff from the Trust to spruce-up the pool in Little Venice, which is home to the annual event that sees thousands gather to celebrate every aspect of waterway life.
Canalway Cavalcade, which is run by the Inland Waterways Association, takes place this year from 2-4 May. For more information visit https://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals
Rob Strickland, Paddington Central estate director, said: "Paddington Central is delighted to be working with the Canal & River Trust to help keep the canals in Paddington clean and prepare for the Cavalcade. It’s a great opportunity for the management team and occupiers like Kingfisher and the Prudential to come together and contribute something back to the local area. It’s also great fun and a great experience."
Debbie Vidler, our volunteer development co-ordinator, added: “IWA Canalway Cavalcade is a brilliant event so we want Little Venice to be in top condition for everyone who visits. It’s great to get help from local businesses to do this. We hope this year’s festival gets the best of the weather and I’d encourage anyone to pay it a visit.”
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
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