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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.
'Tis the season for peace and goodwill to all... by being considerate when running boat engines and generators or having a party.
Over the holiday period everyone is probably looking forward to some quality time with friends and family and plenty of rest and relaxation. The fridge will be groaning with Christmas goodies, fairy lights will be twinkling and there are loads of films and good programmes to watch on TV. Boat batteries will be getting a hammering and engine running might be a daily necessity.
But noise and smoke pollution from running engines and generators is one of the biggest causes of complaints and conflict between boaters and other boaters and also between boaters and land-based residents.
With so many new boaters on the canal network there appear to be a few who haven’t actually read their boat licence terms and conditions and are blissfully unaware of the 8am – 8pm rule and the possible consequences for them as a licence holder for persistence failure to comply not only in terms of potentially having their boat licence revoked but also prosecution by Environmental Health officers from the local Council. There’s also the wider reputational damage for all of us boaters being tarred with the same inconsiderate brush and land-based residents pushing to reduce online moorings due to noise and smoke pollution from boats.
So here’s a plea from me as a boater and also from the Trust to maintain a bit of peace and quiet over the holidays:
Find out what the Canal & River Trust's boating team have been up to.