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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
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Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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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.
Up to 50 young volunteers will be taking part in a canal towpath clean-up in Liverpool as part of Youth Social Action Day tomorrow (Saturday 15 November).
Working with our supervisors, the volunteers will be litter picking, cleaning up graffiti and cutting back overgrown vegetation on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in the Eldonian area.
We will be staging the clean-up in partnership with Everton In The Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club.
Youth Social Action Day is being organised by the National Citizen’s Service which is a government-backed social action and personal development programme aimed at 16-17 year olds.
It supports the ‘Step Up to Serve’ campaign, launched by the Prince of Wales to encourage more young people to get involved in social action by helping their local communities. The programme hopes to see participation levels double by more than 50 per cent by 2020.
We already have our own Waterways Action Squad aimed at inspiring a new generation of waterway enthusiasts. This enables young people to gain new skills, have fun and give something back while learning more about the waterways.
Previous projects delivered through our Action Squad programme include a North West based youth volunteering project for 16-25 year olds, a six month employability, volunteering and personal development programme for 16-19 year olds not in education and a Youth Activity Centre at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port.
Lucie Unsworth, a youth engagement manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “The National Citizens Service gives a real opportunity for young people to get ahead in work and life and learn lessons that can’t be taught in the classroom.
“We hope the young volunteers taking part in Youth Social Action day will enjoy the experience and it will inspire them to volunteer with the Canal & River Trust and other organisations in the future.
The event supportsour Step Up to Serve pledge to inspire and support young people in communities who use the national network of living waterways. As part of this pledge, the we also plan to set up a Youth Engagement Board to give young people a voice at the highest level in the Trust.
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
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