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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.
Insure4boats introduce their new website featuring the history of the waterways.
It’s no secret that the UK’s waterways are steeped in rich history – over 300 years in fact. And did you know we were the first country ever to have a nationwide canal network? With this much heritage, it’s no wonder the waterways have changed so much over the course of their colourful history.
Insure4Boats have created a new interactive site to showcase just how much the appearance of the of the UK’s canal network has changed over the past 100 years. To give you a full immersive experience, you can choose your region or click on any of the points of interest locations on the UK map. You’re then able to compare past and present photos side-by-side – the perfect way to give life to our canal network.
As well as these captivating visual aids, the History of the Waterways also provides a brief history and nearby curiosities for each location, bringing them to life for us even more. There are even remarkable ‘did you know’ facts about the many points of interests that are peppered along our waterways.
From the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct being the tallest in the world, to the grand opening of Bingley Five Rise which 30,000 people attended. From a live band waiting for the first boat to pass through Standedge Tunnel, to the Caen Hill Locks needing restoration after being left derelict following World War II. Whatever the point of interest, there’s bound to be a nugget of information that you didn’t know before.
The historical insights have been provided by John Benson, who looks after The Waterways Archive, based at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. The National Waterways Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of artefacts that tell the story of Britain's canals, navigable rivers and people who worked on them over the last 300 years.
Now you’ve been given a taster of just how much history there is to explore, the only thing left to do is discover the fascinating History of the Waterways site for yourself. Who knows, you may even be inspired to visit somewhere new and see these living museums of our industrial past for yourself.
So many Places to Visit
We've got fascinating museums, wonderful visitor attractions and hundreds of beautiful places to feed to ducks, go for a stroll or discover a new piece of our heritage
Last date edited: 1 February 2018