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Work for us
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.
Taking a walk along a canal is something that should be enjoyed by as many people as possible. While not all routes are suitable for people with disabilities, towpaths can often be flatter and more accessible than other footpaths.
"The best advice I can offer for walking with a wheelchair is making sure that the walk is suitable for your equipment and your own abilities."
For people with disabilities who are looking to enjoy the waterway network, the problem can often be finding out in advance whether a route will be suitable. However, this information is becoming more readily available – many local councils provide information about accessible walks in their areas, and there are also dedicated websites where you can search for routes.
Marie Houlden, founder of the Walks with Wheelchairs website, says: “I truly believe that everyone should be able to get out and explore our beautiful countryside and this was the key reason for creating the site - it was apparent that there was simply not the information available. Getting out into the fresh air can be a great way to help with symptoms of illness and I felt it was essential to have a central and free resource that people could draw from.
“The best advice I can offer for walking with a wheelchair is making sure that the walk is suitable for your equipment and your own abilities - some people have standard wheelchairs and obviously a walk which is flat and on tarmac is preferable, while others have a more robust chair which can easily navigate tougher terrains, such as gravel canal tracks. Always ensure the walk has the facilities that you personally need, for example, a toilet with disabled access. Our site will always provide this information and will also say if you need a RADAR key.
“Over the last few years I have been really impressed with the number of individuals and organisations that have been working to improve access on walking routes and to educate the public about these routes. I think there is still a long way to go, but every year we see more and more routes added to the site and we hear of more walks that have now been made accessible.”
The Walks with Wheelchairs website features an accessible walk near Devizes along the Kennet & Avon Canal
We provide an audio trail for the blind and visually impaired at Hatton Locks.
Last date edited: 6 September 2017