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Work for us
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 2018 the Climate Coalition are asking us all to notice the changes in our environment. We’ve asked our ecologists what changes they have noticed along our canals and rivers in recent years.
Many of us have experienced the surprising sight of early daffodils bringing a splash of colour to our gardens. Other signs of climate change are birds migrating earlier or later than expected, or even the lawn needing a trim in the middle of winter.
Have you noticed a change in your local environment? Record your observations for the Climate Coalition
With all of this change afoot, the expertise of our specialist environment team who take care of our canals, rivers and all of the nature found along them, is more vital than ever.
"If I keep my ears open and listen above the noise of the traffic, I can hear and then see a kingfisher as it makes it way downstream."
Jonathan Hart-Woods, senior ecologist
Thanks to their hard work, we’ve noticed some changes for the better. Jonathan Hart-Woods tells us more:
“A big change has been water quality and how good is it now that we can see salmon running through the centre of Leeds on their way upstream in the River Aire to spawn. Agreed there are still a number of obstacles to be surmounted before they make it, but at least the route from the North Sea, up the Humber and then up the Aire is open.
"Thanks to hydro schemes, flood alleviation schemes and improving water quality in both rivers and canals, we finally have water that can support large migratory fish and all that comes with them. That means otters moving back into urban rivers, along with the ubiquitous heron and more exotic duck species like goosander and cormorant - which I now see on a daily basis from my desk in the middle of Leeds.
"If I keep my ears open and listen above the noise of the traffic, I can hear and then see a kingfisher as it makes it way downstream. If I change focus and look up into the sky above the river, I can sometimes see a red kite and on one occasion I spotted a peregrine cruising up the water course. He was possibly on his way up to the city centre for a lazy urban pigeon supper.
"The rivers and canals have certainly improved in many ways over the last 20 years lets hope the next 20 safeguard what we have now."
What's happening near you?
Look at our Local to You pages to find all the latest in your local area, including news, events, stories and details of how you can get involved with our work
Last date edited: 2 February 2018