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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.
When you think of physical activity, fishing isn’t usually the first sport to spring to mind. But in reality fishing can burn calories, strengthen muscle tone and improve overall fitness. Studies have shown that fishing also boosts mental health in a number of key ways. Read on to find out more.
By going fishing your main muscle groups, heart and lungs are all getting a good work out. Choosing a fishing spot that is a long trek from the car is an obvious boost to aerobic exercise (lower body), but setting up, casting off and winding in all lead to physical exertion (upper body). Your fingers, forearms and wrists will also be exercised and general dexterity will be improved.
It’s a whole body work out without the drama of going to the gym. You might not have even noticed it!
Even when skies are grey – which they often are – being outside means your body can top up on critical Vitamin D reserves. Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, keeping your bones and teeth healthy. It has also been linked to fighting depression.
Being outside improves your ability to concentrate, according to research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Walking in nature or simply spending time under leafy trees leads to changes in the brain which improve levels of concentration
40% of adults lie awake at night through stress but just being near water has been proven to lower anxiety. More and more charities are realising this and starting to utilise the therapeutic benefits of fishing to treat post-traumatic-stress-disorder and other illnesses.
When you join an angling club you become part of a community, whether you take part in competitions or just nod a greeting to the angler on the next peg. You can join in as much, or as little as you want to, but being around like-minded people in a rural environment is a great way to spend the day.
Fishing is all about personal goals, and attaining those goals is a sure fire way to improve self-esteem. It’s also a lifelong skill which can be enjoyed at any age. Every angler remembers their first catch. Just look at the way their eyes light up when they talk about it.
Get away from the TV, the games console or the tablet. Let your eyes rest on the gently lapping water, enjoy the sights and sounds nature all around and relax.
What are you waiting for?
Cast off, relax and enjoy all the health benefits of a good day's fishing. Find a place to fish near you.
Last date edited: 17 March 2016