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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.
Nominate your club’s canal fishery for a 2018 canal pairs qualifier
Popularity of match fishing on the canal network does seem to be on the increase. In partnership with Angling Trust, we will once again be hosting the canal pairs event in 2018 and are now giving clubs the opportunity to nominate qualifying venues.
Get your skates on as the closing date is Friday 13 October. For more information about how to get involved read our news article.
The fisheries team are currently in discussions with British Canoeing, the governing body of canoeing with a view to producing a Share the Space instructional video. Do let us know by email what Share the space messages you think should be included.
One important message is the need for sharing events calendars to avoid clashes. Clubs are reminded to let us know about all of their events, using the match notification form. Should you have any questions, please email Chris Stanley or call on 01788 890789.
It’s still not too late for any up and coming youngsters between the ages of 10 and 16 inclusive, to enter this event for the chance to earn the title of the UK Junior Canal Angling Champion 2017. This closely fought contest will take place on Saturday 21 October on the Erewash Canal with prizes for all participants. Find out more about the event and entry details at Young anglers are being offered the chance to net a prestigious title.
Did you know that anyone can register for all the latest maintenance work and stoppage information? To register visit our notices and stoppages page. Please do let us know by email how useful you find this service.
This year’s Angling Trust Division One National was once again held on the Canal & River Trust owned Shropshire Union Canal, between Coole Pilate and Shebdon. Read our thoughts on how the day went and find out more about the 2017 Division One national.
Most commentators are agreed that the principles of our Share the Space campaign such as the slowest user having priority are sound ones. Improving everyone’s behaviour is undoubtedly work in progress amongst those millions of people who enjoy visiting our historic waterway network, including those who fish our waterways. We recently put together some tips for anglers on how best to share the space.
When it comes to salmon and sea trout fishing, there is some strong evidence that female anglers such as Georgina Ballantine, to name just one, really are at the very top of the sport. In this fascinating article we explore the history and reasoning for such a claim.
There’s a host of fascinating facts about our business as we celebrate five years in the charitable sector. Please note that the annual public meeting is now fully subscribed.
As part of the new terms and conditions of renting fishing rights from the Trust, clubs are required to send us the results of any matches fished on our waterways for the weekly match results column that we support for this purpose. Results should be emailed to email@example.com, ideally by 8.00 pm on a Sunday evening. If you miss the deadline, your results will appear in later editions of the column. The results will also help form a long-term dataset, making a useful fisheries management tool.
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Find out what the Trust’s fisheries and angling team have been up to. Keep up to date with the latest information on upcoming angling events and recent highlights.