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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.
Our waterways can help with delivering a range of policy topics or themes and it is important to consider waterways as a cross cutting theme or topic in plans. These pages provide a starting point for waterway proofing of policy documents.
Waterways are multi-functional assets providing multiple economic, social and environmental benefits. In addition to being a form of green and blue infrastructure, important for leisure, recreation and tourism uses, they can provide local and strategic sustainable transport routes.
Our waterways are increasingly being used in association with new technologies, contributing to the creation of ‘Information Superhighways’ and a potential source for thermal energy generation and cooling. They can act as catalysts for regeneration and a focus for development, are vital for many local small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) while also supporting and adding value to larger companies. They form a valuable part of the nation’s visitor and green economies – engaging local communities and visitors alike and laying the foundations for future health, well-being and prosperity.
A supportive planning policy framework from national to neighbourhood level, can assist in unlocking the potential contribution and value of waterways to economic, social and environmental wellbeing of regions, districts, communities and individuals; along with protecting these valuable assets for the benefit of current and future generations.
It is therefore vitally important that planning policy recognises the multi-functional nature of waterways and the contribution they can make to wider economic, environmental and social objectives such as public health, renewable energy and sustainable development, strengthening resilience and creating conditions suitable for growth.
Have a look at the information in the links below.
Providing conditions for growth and a catalyst for regeneration
Building energy and environmental resilience whilst supporting the low carbon economy
Improving wellbeing, inclusion and the prospects for communities and individuals
Supporting growth and development through informed policies
Our broad impact at local and national level across many cross-cutting themes
Last date edited: 18 August 2017