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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 last 20 years has seen steady growth in boat ownership on our inland waterway network. Boats require secure long term moorings and we will work with private landowners/developers to facilitate quality inland marinas to meet future requirements.
The purpose of this site is to facilitate successful canal marina and lay-by developments by providing specialist information and advice. It explains our requirements and recommendations of schemes that will connect to our network, our application process and our role through the planning and development process. It also contains a wealth of other useful references and links. The site assumes that the developer already has a basic understanding of the construction, property development and planning processes. Its emphasis therefore is on aspects specific to marinas. Marina development and construction carries risks similar to those of any development project, so access to sound professional advice, which is independent of this guide, is essential.
Marina development can be a complex process but we are committed to supporting and facilitating developers through this process and with the information provided on this site. We will work with private landowners/developers to facilitate further new marina developments across our network.
In addition, if a proposed canal marina or lay-by development includes any of the following related works then the Code of Practice for Works Affecting Canal & River Trust (previously British Waterways) will apply to those aspects: