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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We've started work to repair a section of the 200-year old Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Rishton, which has been swept into the River Hyndburn.
Contractors have installed temporary dams in the canal on either side of the collapsed towpath between bridges 108a and 109 on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. A programme of work will now begin to stabilise the embankment, re-line the canal bed and re-construct the towpath and wash wall. The culvert, which runs under the canal, will also be re-lined to extend its life for another 100 years.
Chantelle Seaborn, waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust, explains: “The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is an extremely popular canal for hundreds of boaters, walkers and cyclists who use it every day. We appreciate that this is a major disruption for people who enjoy the towpath but most especially for any boaters that are trying to get back to their home moorings, so time really is of the essence.”
Engineers are still investigating the cause of the embankment collapsed. Initial findings suggest erosion has caused huge sink holes in the canal bed affecting a 16 x18 metre area.
We are working hard to re-open the canal as quickly as possible. The canal is on-course to re-open at the end of November subject to weather conditions. The repairs are likely to cost around £300,000.
Boaters who are affected and want advice on diversions or local moorings can contact us on 03030 404040.
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23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018