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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
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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.
In July we were joined by the Yorkshire Mammal Group and the Yorkshire Dragonfly Group to look for wildlife along the Pocklington Canal during two wildlife workshops.
Despite the morning's downpour, five intrepid people joined Martin Roberts of the Yorkshire Dragonfly Group for a Dragonfly Workshop on Saturday 22nd June.
Thankfully the weather cleared, and YDG members used their expert sweep netting skills to get a closer look at some of the slender damselflies that were flitting across the towpath. Binoculars were a must to see the chunkier dragonflies patrolling their territories along the canal.
Martin sent the list of species sighting over - Dragonflies: Brown Hawker, Emperor, Four-spotted Chaser, Ruddy Darter (plus possible Southern Hawker) Damselflies: Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed , Banded Demoiselle (plus possible Red-eyed)
(On a somewhat sunnier day I was able to use my new found skills to idenitfy a pair of mating common blue damselflies!)
The rain stayed away for Sunday 23 July, when Ann Hanson of the Yorkshire Mammal Group joined us to lead a Small Mammal Trapping Workshop, with nine people keen to see the furry residents of the canal up close.
Ann and her husband had been out the night before, putting down 50 Longworth traps filled with bedding and food to tempt mice, shrews and voles to a free bed and breakfast.
Trap one came up trumps with our first resident – a bank vole. Ann showed us how to gently transport the vole out of the trap and into the weighting bag, before moving him across to a viewing box for a succession of photos!
Everyone then had a chance to reveal the residents of the traps, before releasing them back into the wild.
Lizzie Dealey, Project Officer
What's happening near you?
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Pocklington Canal – a gem in the landscape has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be restoring Church Bridge and Swing Bridge No 7, restoring the special wildlife habitats along the canal and running a series of exciting community events and activities to showcase the rich heritage of this idyllic rural East Yorkshire canal.