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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.
With the end of British summer time we’re asking everyone using our towpaths to take extra care in the dark, especially new boaters heading into their first winter aboard.
At the end of October we are plunged back into the dark during the late afternoon and evening until the return of spring. Accidents tend to peak during the first couple of weeks whilst we get used to the darker afternoons. Make sure you are prepared by giving some thought to your safety, both going to and from the boat, and to the security of your boat.
If you must walk down a dark towpath by yourself, try and buddy up with a friend by telephone. Let them know when you are going onto the towpath, and roughly how long you are going to be. Once you are safely onboard inside your boat, call them back to let them know that a search and rescue party isn’t required.
It’s probably best not to be seen talking on the telephone whilst you actually walk down the towpath, especially in areas such as central London where unfortunately some boaters have been mugged for their telephones and other possessions.
If you don’t have a friend to buddy up with on the telephone it’s worth carrying either a whistle or loud personal attack alarm. The ability to scream or shout can evaporate in a crisis so it’s good to be able to attract attention by making a lot of noise if you need to.
Be careful getting on and off your boat in the dark, especially in slippery conditions such as rain and ice. Take extra care if you’ve been drinking alcohol or if it’s foggy too. It can be hard to see where the bank ends and the water begins.
Take care not to trip over your mooring ropes. Make sure they are visible both for your own sake, and the sake of other towpath users. If you haven’t got fluorescent or white mooring pin covers you can improvise by tying either light coloured plastic bags or fabric to your pins.
Every year people sadly drown on our network of canals and rivers. Don’t let it be you. Do have a read of our water safety advice.
Stay safe out there and if the worst happens please make sure you report any incident to the police and also let us know too.
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Find out what the Canal & River Trust's boating team have been up to.