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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.
The magnificent York Minster stands sentinel as the River Ouse flows for 60 miles through fertile land and centuries of history, on its way towards Goole and the mighty River Humber.
12th Mar 2018 9:00am onwards
Due to high water levels Naburn Lock is closed. We will update this notice as soon as possible.
26th Feb 2018 8:00am to 29th Mar 2018 5:00pm
North Yorkshire Council are undertaking essential refurbishment works at Selby Bypass Swing Bridge. Please note the bridge will be unable to swing during the works.
17th Mar 2018 8:00am to 18th Mar 2018 5:00pm
We have been advised that Selby Toll Bridge will not be operational due to major upgrade of the traffic management systems. Please note the bridge will be unable to swing during the works.
15th Jan 2018 8:00am to 29th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Relining of ground paddle culvert. .
A refurbished and modernised marina positioned in a beautiful rural position on the junction of the Rivers Cam, Old West & Great Ouse, just four miles upstream of Ely.
Boat Maintenance & Repair
Canoe Trail is family run business and we operate on the River Great Ouse and the River Ivel. We provide canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards to our explore our stunning rivers. The River Great Ouse...
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...
St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association (SESCA) is a small, family orientated watersports club based at Lackford Lake, 5 miles NW of Bury St Edmunds.
The picturesque Yorkshire River Ouse is rich in nature, edged in many places by expansive water meadows, which provide a home for a wide variety of wildlife. In York, the Millennium Bridge creates an interesting circular walk from the city centre via the tree-lined Georgian avenue of New Walk. The riverside Rowntree Park has woodland walks, an ornamental lake and sports facilities.
Boaters should note that the river becomes tidal below Naburn Locks, and the waterway downstream of Selby is not recommended for novices. The lower reaches of the river are only suitable for seaworthy craft.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
The Viking settlement discovered deep below the streets of modern York harks back to when the city was known as Jorvik. But the River Ouse was already carrying visitors long before the arrival of the Vikings, and has been used as a commercial navigation since the time of the Romans.
The fertile land around York produced lush agricultural produce, and the River Ouse was once the conduit for exports - as well as for the import of raw materials into the city. Nowadays the port of Goole handles most of the remaining commercial traffic.
At York, the River Ouse is met by the River Foss. Opened as a navigation in the early 19th century, the Foss was never particularly profitable but was nonetheless busy and was being used for large-scale transport of newsprint up to 1997.
Upstream of York the River Ouse changes its name to the River Ure at Ouse Gill Beck. At Swale Nab it is met by the Swale Navigation which, together with navigational work along the adjoining Cod Beck, was never completed. The Ripon Canal extends the navigation a further 2.5 miles into Ripon.
North East Waterways
Find out more about the North East Waterways, their most recent news and events.