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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 only qualifying document that can currently grant permission in principle (PiP) is a Brownfield Register, which is produced by the local planning authority (LPA).
There are two parts to a Brownfield Register – part 1 and part 2.
Before entering a site into part 1 of the register the LPA may carry out consultation as they see fit and must take into account any representations received. We’re happy to comment at this stage if a LPA consults us. Entry on Part 2 of the register allocates the land and grants PiP.
Before LPAs enter land onto Part 2 of the register, they must follow the procedures on publicity and notification and on consultation. We’re a statutory consultee on proposals to enter a site onto part 2 of the register when we’d have been a statutory consultee on a planning application for the development proposed. If you’re a LPA looking to allocate a site have a look at our when to consult us and what we’re interested in pages.
Further information will be made available on our role in PiP granted via other qualifying documents, as and when the relevant processes have been announced by government.
Last date edited: 18 August 2017