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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
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.
21 October 2016
Welcome to the latest edition which includes a trio of regular features; Mike Grimes', head of boating, monthly column, your frequently asked questions and an overview of the unexpected things we had to deal with in September to keep the waterways open for boating. We’re also letting boaters know about changes to boat licence fees...
Posted by: The boaters' update
7 October 2016
Welcome to the latest edition where you'll find information on how you can celebrate the Leeds & Liverpool bicentenary, use 21st Century tech to help plan cruises and a shout out to boaters in London...
23 September 2016
Another edition packed to the brim with boating news and opinion - you’ll find references and news of everything from a, literally, labouring CEO and Batman all the way through to snakes and job opportunities – to be clear though, not job opportunities for snakes.
9 September 2016
Welcome to the latest edition of Boaters' Update where you'll find out what we unexpectedly had to fix in August, what your fellow boater said about cruising in London and much more besides including news, events and this weekends stoppages.
26 August 2016
Before heading off into the traditional mayhem of a British Bank Holiday weekend, put your feet up and have a read about our winter stoppage plans, how we can help you if you're having difficulties and head of boating, Mike Grimes's take on a busy summer.
12 August 2016
Welcome to one of the most ever diverse editions of Boaters' Update. With such a broad range of topics I hope most of you find something you like!
29 July 2016
I’ll keep this edition’s introduction as brief as possible as there is a lot to get through! Among other stories there’s news of the Trust's Annual Report, winter moorings, head of boating Mike Grimes’s monthly column returns, and there’s a very sad report of two tragic boating accidents.
15 July 2016
Welcome to the latest edition. In it you'll find a report on what changes you've told me you'd like to see in Boaters' Update change and there's a special feature on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Of course, you'll find the usual waterway diary and an update on the latest stoppages affecting cruising.
Think of this blog as your one-stop shop for up-to-date boating news. It's packed full of useful information about boating on canals and rivers as well important safety announcements and upcoming events.
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