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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.
The Paddington Arm is one of London’s best kept secrets. Connecting Paddington to the main branch of the Grand Union Canal near Hayes, the arm slices through West London providing a green corridor frequented by both people and wildlife.
13th Feb 2018 12:00am onwards
Due to an ongoing fire the towpath has been closed for public safety from bridge 16a Rodwell Road (GP-007-002) for 120 yards, going north towards Greenford. Please see onsite diversions.
Bespoke Boating Solutions Ltd is a small family run business operating the Stone Wharf mooring site on the Paddington Arm, just off Little Venice Pool in Maida Vale.
We are Roving Traders travelling the inland waterways on our narrow-boat Islonian trading as Flavoursfloat.
We operate the Lady A, a small passenger narrowboat based in London's lovely Little Venice, for private parties of 1 to 12 people. Ideal for celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, hen parties or...
Choose to take your canal boat holiday from a choice of nine holiday centres, from the Peak District to the Midlands, Cheshire, Cambridge, Oxford, Wiltshire, Scotland, Wales and London, each with their...
The Paddington Arm is a great place to take a break from the chaos of the city, cleaning your mind and lungs at the same time. Whether you’re interested in history and architecture, the inner city wildlife or you’re simply looking for an escape from everyday life, this stretch of canal will have something to offer.
The 14-mile long waterway is lined with evidence of its industrial past. From old factories and warehouses to the landing platforms at Kensal Rise Cemetery, where coffins used to arrive by narrowboat, the Paddington Arm is a history enthusiast’s dream.
However, the canal is hardly stuck in the past and as well as taking advantage of the traditional pubs along the towpath you can enjoy fine dining, trendy cafes and buzzing bars.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
Read about the history of the Grand Union Canal
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