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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
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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 have published the list of vital maintenance work we will be carrying out over the winter and are urging boaters to take a look to see how it may affect their cruising plans over the season.
Every year the we carry out millions of pounds worth of essential work to repair the wear and tear on our 200-year old waterways. Because the work may require the closure of the waterways and the towpath, we involved boaters and other towpath users in the planning process. The finalised list takes into account two rounds of feedback.
Mike Grimes, head of boating at Canal & River Trust, said: “The work we carry out every winter lies at the heart of our maintenance programme and ensures that the waterways are kept as shipshape as possible. We know that closures can affect boaters’ plans and so we’ve listened and incorporated boaters’ comments into our final list. If you are a boater and you’re thinking of taking advantage of cruising over the traditionally quieter – and often stunning – winter season, do take a look at the programme to make sure your chosen route will be open.”
The final winter stoppage programme can be found here: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/winter
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