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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.
When allocating sites and managing residual risk, plan makers need to consider the opportunities offered by new development to reduce the causes and impacts of flooding. The waterway network presents a potential opportunity to support and enhance development, with particular reference to water management.
With careful design the waterways may provide sustainable options for site drainage from future developments. The managed nature of canal water levels, and the ability of our waterways to potentially accept surface water run-off, may help in wider consideration of flood mitigation measures.
Where a new (or modified) discharge is proposed, it will be reviewed to determine if the benefits to us outweigh the risks of acceptance. In the majority of situations, there is no obligation on us to accept discharges. There are many locations across the 2,000 miles of waterways that the we care for that have agreements in place for us to receive such discharges.
Also take a look at our compiling your evidence base section in relation to our role as a reservoir undertaker and navigation authority.
Kings Cross development, London
With modification to eight weirs on the Regents Canal we were able to accept surface water discharge from this development. This removed the need for on-site attenuation in the form of a swale, which enables the public open space to be fully used.
Our waterways also have a role in water supply, transferring water from place to place.
The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal is used to supply half of the city of Bristol’s water.
Last date edited: 18 August 2017