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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
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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.
As the summer fades away, autumn’s auburn invasion gradually takes control of all tree and plant life across the nation producing the tastiest and most beautiful scenery of the year.
For our canal-goers, autumn brings a whole host of delicious offerings back to the kitchen; jams, fruit pies and crumbles, chutneys and jellies. There is an unsung hero amongst them: the rose hip.
The rose hip is the fruit of the rose plant, usually orangey-red in colour and ready to pick during our autumn season. Found in many gardens and on the canal, they’re packed full of goodness and boast an impressive list of reasons to eat more of them:
After the first frost of the year, the rose hips will ripen. Once the petals have dropped off the hip is ready for picking. They should be red in colour and soft to the touch. Don’t pick the shrivelled ones! Leave them for the birds, rabbits and squirrels.
Make sure you thoroughly wash before eating, and be sure to remove the hairs and seeds inside, they are very itchy and would irritate if eaten.
Rose hips can be used to make a number of things including teas, jams, jellies, breads and even wine. You can dry them out, boil them and stew them.
There are plenty of recipes available online! Don’t cut back your roses this year disregarding the hip – take advantage of this tangy fruit – bake, stew, drink and spread the goodness and at the same time…improve your health!
As a replacement for hard-to-get oranges in World War II, the people of Britain used rose hips to make syrups, packed full of vitamin C.
Family days out
If you fancy picking some rose hips this autumn then check out our family-friendly destination guide and plan your day out
Last date edited: 20 October 2015