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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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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.
Volunteer lock keepers have been scrambled into emergency action after vandals damaged the machinery that runs the automated Stonebridge Lock on the River Lea.
The damage threatened to close the river to boats. However, help from our volunteers means that the lock gates can be operated from our control building while the repairs are carried out.
Stonebridge Lock is one of the few automated lock gates on London’s waterways. The vandalism saw buttons on the control pad gouged out last Friday (27 February), leaving us with a repair bill likely to reach hundreds of pounds.
Rick Jones, Canal & River Trust customer operations supervisor, said: “To say we’re frustrated by the vandalism is putting it mildly. It’s pretty blatant and we’re doing what we can to find out who did it. In the meantime our priority is make sure we can keep the river open for boats.
"We’re so grateful to our volunteer lock keepers for stepping into the breach. Without them boat traffic on this stretch would be at a standstill. As a charity we always want people to get involved in the local waterways, and this is an excellent example of how people who generously give up their own time, can make an impact. We’ll get the repairs done asap, but in the meantime I’d like to thank our volunteer lock keepers for their excellent work.”
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
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018