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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.
In the East End of London is a little-known network of backwaters of the River Lee. The Bow Back Rivers are a series of interconnected waterways; forgotten rivers with evocative names like Pudding Mill, Channelsea, Three Mills Wall and Waterworks.
Once a neglected part of the city, the area has now been transformed for the 2012 Olympics. Careful restoration has created space for nature and encouraged wildlife to return to the heart of the city. The Bow Back Rivers, London’s Olympic waterways, look set to become a popular new destination for walkers, cyclists and boaters.
You can explore the fascinating industrial history of the area at Three Mills Island, a historic patch of cobbled streets, 18th-century buildings and watermills, all surrounded by the waterways of Bow Back Rivers.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
Enjoy a gentle walk and soak up the living history of Old Ford Lock & Bow Wharf
Parts of the Bow Back Rivers date back to the time of Alfred the Great and the invasion of the Danes; it is recorded that the King trapped their ships by draining the lower Lee, forcing the invaders to flee on horseback. During the industrial revolution the Back Rivers played a major role in providing water to local industry and in the 1930s they were improved both for navigational purposes and the drainage of floodwater.
Find out what the Canal & River Trust's waterway team have been up to in London