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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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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
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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.
The winners of the 2013 Waterways Renaissance Awards were announced at a ceremony last night, Thursday 23 May, in Birmingham.
The twelve winners include the innovative use of giant Archimedes screws at Tees International White Water Centre, the regeneration of Gloucester Docks & Quays, the meticulous restoration of historic Lune Aqueduct in Lancaster and a pioneering strategy and masterplan to transform Liverpool Docks.
The Waterways Renaissance Awards recognise exceptional projects that are helping to care for canals and rivers across the UK.
Helen Carey, Chair of the Awards’ Assessment Panel: “This is the eleventh year of the Waterways Renaissance Awards and once again we’ve seen some fantastic and truly inspiring projects from across the UK. It’s vital that we protect our inland waterways and celebrate the hard work individuals and organisations are doing to ensure future generations can enjoy all they have to offer.
“We can all learn so much from these achievements and we wish everyone many congratulations on their tremendous success.”
The winners of the 2013 Waterways Renaissance Awards, which are sponsored by CPC Civils, Hyder Consulting, May Gurney and Galliford Try, are:
Winner: Gloucester Docks & Quays
Winner: MonBrec 200
Runner-up: Burnley Canal Festival
Commended: Changing Spaces Wolverhampton; Rugeley Canalside Regeneration, Staffordshire
Winner: Wallbridge – Ebley Canal Restoration, Stroud
Runner-up: Castle Wharf, Berkhamsted
Comended: New Canal Centre at Loxwood, West Sussex
Winner: Iron Trunk Aqueduct, Grand Union Canal
Runner up: Restoration of Steam Dredger No.4, Gloucester
Commended: Along the Cotswold Canals
Winner: Wigan Flood Alleviation Scheme
Runner-up: Chasewater Reservoir Improvements, West Midlands
Winner: Lune Aqueduct Restoration, Lancaster
Runner-up: Restoration of Steam Dredger No.4, Gloucester
Commended: Restoration of narrowboat Sculptor, Stoke Brueren; Sandiacre Lock Cottage, Derbyshire
Winner: Tees International White Water Centre, Stockon-on-Tees
Runner-up: Organic Regeneration of Warwick Bar, Birmingham
Commended: Salhouse Spit Restoration, Norfolk Broads
Winner: Heyford Meadow, Oxford
Winner: Lowland Canals Trilogy, Scotland
Runner-up: Rugeley Canalside Regeneration, Staffordshire
Commended: Pamela May Charity Trip Boat, Droitwich; EA Waterways Olympic Project Group
Winner: Montgomery Canal Triathlon
Runner-up: Stroud on Water
Commended: Lune Aqueduct Experience, Lancaster; New Canal Centre at Loxwood, West Sussex
Winner: Liverpool Waterspace Strategy
Runner-up: Partnership approach to managing River Tamar Catchment, Devon & Cornwall
Winner: Thames Waterways Volunteers, River Thames
Runner-up: Big Waterways Clean-up 2012, London; Stroud Drop-in Volunteering Sessions
Commended: Canal Clean-Up Milton Keynes
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