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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
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
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We manage the water levels on our canals all year round. After a lot of rain, the canals sometimes can’t contain the amount of water even with our management. The message is - if the towpath has flooded, please find another route.
Rain and puddles often come hand in hand with life in Britain. When we have funding to make towpath improvements along certain stretches, we make sure the new surfaces are weather proof so you can enjoy the towpaths all year.
It’s rare for our canals and towpaths to flood because we manage the water levels across our network all year. If a canal and towpath does flood, it’s usually where the canal is near a river and the river has flooded over into the canal. However, sometimes we can’t predict Mother Nature and water levels can rise even with our management of them.
Here's what to remember if there is a flood:
During a flood, the towpath edge can disappear under the rising water so it’s not clear where the towpath ends and water begins. If you have to walk along a towpath that is flooded, stick to the edge of the path furthest from the canal.
Flood waters can break up the surface of the towpath, loosening stones and even the utility cables running underneath so please tread very carefully.
The flood water is likely to be very cold and could be faster flowing than you imagine, even in a canal. Please do not get in the water for any reason.
Boaters, you are likely to be acutely aware of changes in water levels, particularly if you live on a boat! Just a reminder:
If you tie your boat too tight to a mooring that is being affected by rising flood levels the first thing that’s going to happen is the boat will tilt and the tilt will get worse (probably large quantities of broken glass and crockery in the kitchen too). If it’s tilting to the side of the boat with water outlets (sink, basin, shower etc) you run the risk of the boat filling up with water as the flood waters rush in), same also applies to engine air vents. The outcome is inevitably sinking. Alternatively, if your ropes are in poor condition or the mooring they are affixed to is in a poor condition they can break and your boat disappear with the flow of the flood waters downstream and all the potential hazards that brings.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution are experts in flood rescue and have been a core part of the emergency response to flood affected areas in the UK since 2000, including the Cockermouth floods in 2009 and Somerset floods in 2014.
The RNLI Flood Rescue Team have a few top tips for staying safe near flood waters:
For more information on how to stay safe near flood water please visit the Environment Agency and ROSPA websites.
Last date edited: 29 November 2017