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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
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.
The work of our regional partnerships is vast. Our East Midlands Waterway team are encouraging everyone to get up and out on to our canals and waterways this year. It’s all part of a project to support local community health and wellbeing.
Waterways can help improve mental wellbeing and happiness – 90% of users feel that waterways are good places to relax and de-stress.
Waterways & Wellbeing: Building the Evidence Base
Our East Midlands Waterway team are encouraging everyone to get up and out on to our canals and waterways this year. It’s all part of a project to support local community health and wellbeing.
Liz Fleuty, development and engagement manager for our East Midlands Waterway team explains: “Using our waterways provides an opportunity for exercise – for running, cycling, walking the dog or simply walking to work. In fact, our research shows that physical exercise is the top motivation among waterway visitors*.” *Source: Waterways & Wellbeing: Building the Evidence Base
Expanding on the work carried out in our Waterways & Wellbeing report, which found that: “Waterways can help improve mental wellbeing and happiness – 90% of users feel that waterways are good places to relax and de-stress.”
Our Partnership here in the East Midlands has set up several projects designed to help local people make great use of the towpaths and waterways in our region.
We’ve already created three new routes from Trent Lock covering 2km, 3km and 5km – a perfect start if you’re following the Couch to 5k programme. Look out for these signs on the canalside:
If you prefer to paddle, canals are brilliant for beginners. Our canoeing and kayaking pages have some great information on getting started. In the East Midlands, we are working with British Canoeing to develop new canoe trails on our waterways. There are two trails on the Erewash Canal, and in Leicestershire the Soar Tour offers a range of routes for all levels.
It’s not just about physical health. If you’re looking for something for your mind, your body and your soul, try volunteering on our waterways. We run ongoing programmes across the East Midlands, or your group could work with us on a specific project to improve your local area.
Our East Midlands Waterway team continues to organise a range of activities to help everyone get active every day with free, healthy routes and places on your doorstep.
Katherine Wilson, our partnership member who developed the running project, said: “We all know that we should get away from our screens, spend more time outdoors and get more exercise but modern life pressures make this really difficult. We want to do all we can to make it easy for people to access and enjoy the nearest waterway to them, whether it is going for a lunchtime leg-stretch rather than eating a sandwich at your desk, or taking advantage of the gloriously flat towpath for an easy run”.
Whether it’s for sport, such as rowing, fishing or running; for fun or for that everyday walk to work, follow our team on Twitter to keep up to date on the latest ways to keep fit on our East Midlands waterways.
East Midlands waterway team
Want to get involved as part of our partnership – find out more here
Last date edited: 15 January 2018