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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.
Our canals and rivers are popular with anglers and canoeists alike. Some people choose to combine their hobbies and indulge in a spot of fishing from their kayak.
Kayak fishing, unsurprisingly, is when you fish from a canoe or kayak. The sport is growing in popularity in England and Wales and our canals and rivers are great places to start. You can enjoy the activity from a canoe or a kayak, although the vast majority of kayak fishers choose purpose-built sit on top fishing kayaks.
Our waterways are perfect for getting started. Learning how to fish from your boat and land a catch takes practice and there’s nowhere better to get acquainted with these skills. Our canals and rivers don’t generally tend to have fast flowing water and you can master the skills you need in a relatively sheltered setting.
Please note that on the canal network the kayak must be moored to the towpath bank.
You’ll come across a wide range of species in our canals. Roach, carp, pike and tench are just some of the fish you’ll find.
Most of the fishing rights on the canal network are licensed to angling clubs and many of them allow kayak fishing, but you must check first. Find your local angling club using the search facility on our angling pages.
Some stretches of our network may not be let to clubs for various reasons. To make these waters available the Waterway Wanderers scheme has been designed for the benefit of both angling clubs and individual fishermen.
On Waterway Wanderers stretches, you can get a discounted permit for the Waterway Wanderers scheme and a boat licence for your kayak directly from the Angling Trust. Further details can be found on the Angling Trust’s website.
British Canoeing and the Angling Trust both run courses, which will help you learn the skills and make the most of the sport.
Find out more about kayak fishing courses at British Canoeing
Kayaking fishing in sheltered waters is a great way to gain experience but it’s easy to underestimate the potential hazards. To ensure you, your family and friends stay safe while enjoying your paddling experience here are some basic tips and equipment recommendations.
Find out more about fishing
Discover the tranquil pleasures of fishing Britain's slow-flowing canals and rivers
Last date edited: 10 November 2017