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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.
Making the most of the fading summer days
I saw an unusual sight as I drove to the station this morning (don’t judge me, it’s an eight mile drive). At the bus stop on the busy main road, a young woman was sitting on the kerb, her legs outstretched into the lay-by. Having ascertained that she wasn’t in trouble or hurt, in fact she seemed perfectly happy sitting there, I drove on.
On my way from the car park to the platform, I passed female commuters clearly dressed to show off their holiday tans and painted toenails. Another beautiful sunny day stretched ahead and everyone was enjoying it. And as my train sped through the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside, I took delight in the golden fields of corn ripe for harvest. Brightly coloured boats gleamed on the Grand Union Canal (and not for the first time this summer, I wished I was going boating instead of heading to a hermetically sealed glass box above Milton Keynes station).
I thought back to the young woman in the bus lay-by. She had been sitting in the only patch of sunlight on a shady pavement, face upturned, obviously soaking up as many summer rays as she could. It certainly made a change from staring down at a smart phone.
Reluctantly, we’ve all noticed the tell-tale signs of the approaching autumn (and I’m not talking about finding Christmas cards in some shops, although you can which should be against the law in August). I mean the morning dew on the spiders’ webs, the condensation on the windows, a slight chill in the evening air. We’ll be in jumpers and coats all too soon, summer frocks put away for another year, so while the sun still shines, I’m determined to make the most of every minute.
Liz Waddington is editor of The Source, the Canal & River Trust’s monthly staff newspaper. She has been in love with canals and their industrial heritage since her first holiday on the Grand Union Canal when she was 10 years old. Liz likes nothing more than getting out and meeting her colleagues on the cut.