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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.
Introducing our new series of stories on the greatest angling writers of all time - or at least, what many anglers consider to be the greatest writers. Question is - do you agree?
Choosing the contenders for the greatest UK angling writers is a thankless task. Ask 10 people, and you'll get 10 different answers. So we have set a couple of arbitrary rules to limit the vast choice.
They must be UK writers. Being born here, then living abroad and producing most of their output elsewhere, does not count. So Roderick Haig-Brown and others miss out.
We've taken into account where you're reading this. So those whose prime writing was about the sea have been discarded.
We've limited the number of writers whose work, because it was produced 100 or more years ago, is probably unknown to most people reading this. Let's face it: you're not going to vote for someone you've never read.
The writer has to be capable of producing more than one great book. They should be able to perform consistently, like Usain Bolt or Steve Gardener.
Our list includes a few journalists, because creating sparkling words to a weekly or monthly deadline is far, far tougher than having the luxury of month (sometime years) to fine-tune your prose.
We've used a qualification written by one of the people who actually appears on this list. (Wonder if you can guess who?)
He said: "My own touchstone for a classic is readability. I'm not talking about taking the odd, delicious dip, but a proper soup-to-nuts consumption."
Here's the acid test: would you pick up that book or article and read it again, and maybe again, and enjoy it just as much?
Our many thanks goes to the author of this series, Keith Elliott.
Last date edited: 5 October 2017