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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.
A favourite of mine, this route is an easy family friendly route that takes in the lovely countryside out of Tamworth and into Polesworth, Warwickshire.
This route is suitable for children.
Join the Coventry Canal at either of the following locations – Fazeley, Kettlebrook Road, Glascote Locks, Glascote Road or Amington Road.
Continue along the towpath passing the Gate Inn at Amington, stop off here for a drink or food, there is a park for the children and outdoor seating overlooking the canal.
Carry on and you'll arrive at Alvecote Marina, the Samuel Barlow pub does lovely meals and has an outdoor area for drinks overlooking the marina.
As you leave Alvecote you will go under bridge. Either stay on the canal or bear left and join the cycle path that takes you through the lovely Pooley Park Nature reserve, there are lots of different routes through here.
You will meander through the forest passing by a lake, if you carry on into Pooley Park there is a café and a playground for the children or for those feeling very energetic you can ride straight up to the top of Pooley Mound and descend back down the track or attempt the Red or Black graded purpose built mountain bike trails that take you down through the woods, the Black trails are not for the feint hearted and include gap jumps and table tops.
Rejoining the canal here takes you into Polesworth where you can pop into the town, there are a number of pubs, cafes and shops if you need refreshments.
Overall, this ride is family friendly, safe, not too many gates, very green and with a good quality towpath.
Go slow and see more
Our Share the space campaign has more tips on how to enjoy your cycle ride along our towpaths