Youth Engagement

Young people represent a new and previously under engaged audience for the waterways. They are our supporters, visitors, volunteers and workforce of the future and it is essential that we recognise both the value they can bring and the wealth of opportunities we can offer them.

Volunteers in boat

We currently have two flagship youth engagement projects running across the Trust - the ambitious 5 year Desmond Family Canoe Trail and A Million Hands, a 4 year national partnership with The Scouts Association, MIND, Dementia Friends, Guide Dogs, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Water Aid.  These projects are enabling us to have a significant impact across all waterways and will form a substantial part of our youth engagement work over the next few years.

This is an exciting time for this area of work and recently we have delivered local and national projects covering everything from the arts to angling, marketing to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and lots in between!

Foulridge Tunnel now open to canoes

On Saturday 3 June 2017, we officially opened Foulridge Tunnel, on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, to canoes.

Until now, the mile-long, 200 year old tunnel, looked after by the Canal & River Trust, has been enjoyed solely by canal boats. But now, canoeists can paddle through and experience travelling under the Pennines for the first time, as part of the charity’s ambitious plans for the UK’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail.

Foulridge Tunnel is one of the highlights of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail that will stretch for 162 miles, connecting Liverpool to Goole along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation. Funded by the Desmond Foundation, the trail also has the support of British Canoeing and Canoe England.

You can read more about Foulridge Tunnel here.

Last date edited: 21 March 2019