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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.
Can I change the world one carrier bag at a time? Well, I can try.
The environment has taken a bit of a pasting recently. The news is not good for bees (and therefore us) – although yesterday’s vote in the EU may help - the jury's out on that. Climate change is apparently affecting the cuddly Koalas down under and the pandas in Edinburgh zoo seemed reluctant to get frisky to help the survival of their own species. Depressing stuff.
So where are the positives? In related news, I went to three of the M&S Big Beach & Waterway Clean Up events (Nottingham & Beeston Canal, the Birmingham Main Line and the Grand Union Canal in Watford) last week. Over 1,000 M&S shop workers joined us at 42 locations to help spruce up the waterways. The weather was mixed (freezing cold in Nottingham on Monday, drizzly in Birmingham on Wednesday and sunny in Watford on Thursday) but if the laughter was anything to go by, the enthusiastic M&S teams really enjoyed their day out on their local canals.
As part of M&S's Plan A, and in an effort to restrict their proliferation, customers are now charged 5p for a carrier bag. As someone who has, on the odd occasion, only popped in for a few things in a rush and left my hessian shopping bag at home, I used to resent this charge*. That is until I joined the #beachclean. The eyesore that plastic bags create as they hang from trees, hedges and power lines or float along the canal, threatening birds and fish and other wildlife is plain to see.
I resolved there and then to kick the habit. One bag at a time.
*(and I have since learned that the profit goes towards environmental projects)
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.