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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.
…go out in the midday sun, allegedly. Well, I’m sorry, but I have to disagree because it seems that almost everyone in England and Wales made their way to one of our Canals and Rivers last weekend to enjoy the glorious weather and then kindly decided to call or e-mail us about their visit. We do love to hear about the great fun you’re all having whilst we’re stuck here in the office, honestly.
Okay, so it’s reasonably unlikely that literally everyone was there and I’m probably being a little dramatic (not for the first time in my life, I’m sure) but we were absolutely run off our feet on Monday, Tuesday and again today. But, you know what they say, “the Devil makes work for Idle hands”…so we’re all pretty safe in that respect.
What we have seen an increase in are some of the more unusual, and sometimes very wacky, enquiries. We do love these, they brighten up our day no end. So, we wanted to tell you about few of them just so that you can share in our enjoyment. Here goes:
Even the wildlife was conspiring against us at times. We had cows wandering loose around the Montgomery Canal, ducklings stuck in a lock on the Mon & Brec, some very messy pigeons nested in a bridge on the Leeds Liverpool (taking aim at unsuspecting walkers) and just Geese in general – these seem to be the most troublesome of all our birdlife!
Our colleagues in the boat licensing team took part in the Leeds Waterfront Festival Dragonboat race…and emerged victorious. We’re ever so proud of them and understand that their many minutes of training and strict pre-race diet of cheeseburgers secured this victory, now that’s some proper teamwork! Though they might not thank us for sharing their photo…
Sarina joined us in 2008 as our customer services co-ordinator. Among other things, she manages our national customer service team, complaints procedure and requests for information made to the Trust. She says that the most important thing to her is to be able to go home and feel as though she’s achieved something, however small that might be. Her job is hugely satisfying, widely varied, full of deadlines, immensely interesting, sometimes challenging and no day is ever the same, although some are surprisingly familiar!