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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
Get your free guide
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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We are urging people to take extra care when out by the waterside this summer. As the temperature heats up, the temptation to cool off in a local waterway increases but so do the dangers.
One of the biggest hazards is falling into the water if you have been drinking alcohol. Statistics reveal that young people, especially men, are most likely to have an accident after a day of drinking in the sunshine, sometimes with tragic consequences.
Additionally, families need to make sure that young children are kept within sight and are made aware of the importance of staying away from the water’s edge.
One person dies from drowning every 20 hours in the UK, and it’s the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK, according to figures from the Royal Life Saving Society UK. Overall, deaths on inland waterways are decreasing, but every fatality is one too many.
Tony Stammers, head of health and safety at the Canal & River Trust, explains: “Canals and rivers are brilliant places to go on hot summer days, and excellent for families to explore during the holidays. But it’s also important that people are aware of the dangers of cooling off by going for a dip in the wrong place.
“Inland waters such as canals, rivers and reservoirs may look inviting on a hot summer’s day to children, and adults - especially after a few alcoholic drinks, but any open body of water can pose a hazard as the water can often be extremely cold and can bring on cramps in even the strongest swimmers and there may be hidden objects lurking beneath the surface.”
Summer is one of the most popular times for people to visit Britain’s canals and rivers and last year was the busiest on record, with more than 400 million visits to the waterways by boaters, cyclists, walkers and canoeists.
RLSS UK (Royal Life Saving Society) Chief Executive Di Steer said: “The number of accidental drowning incidences has, over the last few years, reached a plateau of around 400. There is no quick fix to get this number down further. There are many at-risk groups for many different reasons. Education to instil a change in behaviour is considered the only method that will reach the final 400, as well as future generations, and help prevent these tragic deaths and accidents.”
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Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways
See the Nottingham Beeston Canal in a new light this February
12 February 2018
Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
9 February 2018