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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
As champions of waterways heritage, we’re delighted to be working with Historic England on a pilot project which could allow us to spend more time and money directly on the historic structures that we care so much about.
The proposed national Listed Building Consent Order would be designed to allow us to carry out certain works to our designated bridges and locks without having to seek local authority listed building consent every single time. As the owner of the third largest collection of listed structures in the UK, a Consent Order would allow us to carry out canal heritage repairs more quickly and more efficiently, saving a lot of red tape.
"Each year we make numerous applications to local authorities for standard heritage repairs. The applications can be both costly and time consuming."
This is an exciting step forwards in how, as a nation, we look after our heritage and we are proud to be at the forefront.
Nigel Crowe, head of heritage at the Canal & River Trust, says:
“The Canal & River Trust cares for 2,000 miles of nationally important heritage. Each year, in looking after the waterway network, we make numerous applications to local authorities for standard heritage repairs and conservation works. The applications can be both costly and time consuming.
"Being given the opportunity to develop England’s first National Listed Building Consent Order is a great endorsement of the work we do and will enable us to direct our efforts and resources where they can make the most difference.”
Last date edited: 16 July 2015