Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Find out more about opportunities for volunteering across the East Midlands waterways.
Our volunteering year 2016
See a round up of our volunteering activities for 2016
You'll find there's loads of way you can get involved and help us care for, promote and enhance our waterways, such as:
Contact our volunteering development co-ordinator, Wayne Ball for more ways to get involved locally.
We also support groups to undertake specific projects and work with lots of groups who have adopted part of their local waterway. Visit our adoptions page for more information.
We provide our volunteers with appropriate training, encouragement and ongoing support to enable all to make the most of these fantastic opportunities. Search our website for opportunities in your area.
Each month we run 'turn up on the day' practical volunteer events at locations across our waterways, known as Towpath Taskforce.
It's a great way to start volunteering with the Canal & River Trust. You can download our current programmes below:
We're also developing a regular programme of volunteering in the Newark area - please contact us for more information.
You can find details of forthcoming events on by searching for an opportunity near to you.
Newark Town Lock, River Trent, Newark
Join us for our regular work parties across the beautiful Grantham Canal, which meanders over 30 miles through the countryside and rural villages between Nottingham and Grantham. Tasks will vary throughout the year and will change with the seasons - tasks could include vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, painting gates and barriers, fence repair and painting lock gates. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments.
Sandy Lane, Worksop, Chesterfield Canal
Take pride in bringing out the potential of the canal in and around Worksop!
Turnerwood, Shireoaks, Chesterfield Canal
How do you fancy caring for some of our old locks, many Grade II listed, in a beautiful rural setting?
Stenson, Trent & Mersey Canal, Derbyshire
Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to waterway visitors, assisting boaters through the locks and helping to maintain the area.
Leicester, River Soar, Leicestershire
Hickling, Grantham Canal, Nottinghamshire (Vale of Belvoir)
Lengthsman's huts are a historic feature of our canals – they are buildings that tell a tale of the past when the canal lengthsman would shelter from the elements, store his tools and enjoy a cup of tea in front of the open grate, before inspecting his stretch of canal again. We are fortunate enough to have a timber sleeper built hut on the Grantham Cana, which is the last of its kind in the region. It also tells us of the time when railways and canals were linked. Unfortunately this hut is in dire need of some 'tender loving care' before it's lost forever and we would like some help before it is too late.
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Grantham Canal, Lincolnshire
This role is to undertake community based and commercial sponsorship fundraising activity. The aim is to engage with community groups, local communities and individuals, commercial organisations in the East Midlands and grant awarding bodies nationwide.
As part of the Heritage Lottery funded Grantham Canal Heritage Initiative we are looking for volunteers who can assist us with the restoration of four derelict locks on the Grantham Canal. The initiative is being run in partnership with the Grantham Canal Society and any interested volunteers will be joining their committed team to help us restore and manage this beautiful waterway.
Leicester, River Soar and Grand Union Canal, Leicestershire
Join the Leicester Towpath Taskforce for a range of activities along the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal.
Last date edited: 16 October 2017