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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.
How a few moments on the Grand Union Canal towpath in the sunshine lifted a sombre mood.
If I’m honest, I wasn’t in the best of moods when I got up this morning. A night spent tossing and turning, worrying about those stupid things that don’t really matter and waking up feeling, well, rather Monday-ish, wasn’t the brightest start to a day I’ve had. The icing on the cake was an early visit to the dentist. (Although as it turns out, I hadn’t eaten too much cake, so no remedial action required.)
With my teeth shining, I set off to find Lock 78, (Cassio Bridge Lock), on the Grand Union Canal in Croxley Green where I was due to take some photographs of some of the guys finishing off a gate replacement. It’s always a bit of an adventure finding my way to stoppages and, in the days before sat nav, I’ve been grateful more than once to spot our distinctive black and white corporate colours in the distance, guiding me down winding single track lanes to the water.
The sun was shining brightly by the time I'd parked and, before I put on all my safety gear, I wandered a short way along the towpath. I was met by utter peace and tranquillity and only the sound of the birds chattering in the trees above me. I took a few deep breaths and thought to myself ‘Is there really any better place to be on such a glorious morning than a canal?’
Good mood restored.
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.