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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.
Jena is the London Waterway’s widebeam. She was completely refurbished in early 2016 and given a complete external make-over by the our volunteers working at our Adelaide Dock in Southall.
Standing at almost 18 and a half metres in length Jena serves as the Waterway’s floating welcome station. She debuted at 2016’s IWA Canalway Cavalcade, where she welcomed the public aboard (and served as an office for the IWA). In 2016 she visited festivals at Bishop’s Stortford, Ware, Angel (in Islington), Slough and Hayes, inviting thousands of people aboard to learn more about the capital’s waterways and the work of the Trust in London.
Jena plays an absolutely crucial role in each of our Open Weekends. These are major events where we invite the public to witness first hand our vital maintenance programme. Jena serves as a space on which volunteers, staff and the public can chat about the work and, if the kettle’s boiled, grab a warming cup of tea.
She has also serves a vital role in public consultations and pop-up events, such as on our Quietways programme. In October 2015 she navigated the length of the Paddington Arm and made scheduled stops for local residents, boaters and anyone on the towpath to step aboard and learn more about this ambitious programme to improve the quality of the towpaths.
The London Waterway Partnership use Jena for many of their meetings. It’s great to have our own fully-functioning meeting room that we can make available at almost anywhere on our network.
She’s already proved herself to be an invaluable resource to the London Waterway team, make sure you come aboard and say “hi” at some point in the near future.
Come and find an Open Day near you, and hear more about our restoration and repair works.
Last date edited: 24 January 2017