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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
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.
Today we're launching our first consultation about how we plan to manage essential water resources over the next 35 years.
Our hydrology experts are working on a strategy to ensure that the nation’s two-century-old network can meet the challenges of the future and have water where it’s needed up to 2050 and beyond. As part of their work they are keen to hear from people and businesses that enjoy the waterways to help provide guidance and practical advice on the strategy.
It is the first time that we have consulted in this way on water resources issues. We're seeking people’s views on a range of issues including:
Responses to the eight-week consultation will help to shape our Water Resources Strategy published later this year. The strategy will then be reviewed every five years to take account of any changes that may affect either the supply or demand for water.
Adam Comerford, national hydrology manager for the Trust said: “It may sound obvious but water is so important to us; it brings life and colour and without it our network would have no boats, less wildlife and fewer people. What’s more it helps to ensure that our historic network remains one of the greatest examples of working heritage anywhere in the world.
“Many people don’t realise the careful management that goes into making sure that we have water where and when we need it and this strategy is all about how we do that over the next 35 years and beyond.
“We have a team of experts that care for our water resources but we want to hear what the people that use and rely on the waterways on a daily basis think. We want to be sure we’ve considered the right issues and that our proposals give confidence of a reliable water supply into the future. The best way of achieving this is by including those that know the waterways well and I’d urge people to get involved and help shape our plans.”
The deadline for people to give their views is 4 November 2014 and the full consultation including the survey and a summary can be found at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/consultations
Canal & River Trust brand
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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'
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Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal