Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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
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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.
2016 marked the bicentenary anniversary of the mighty Leeds & Liverpool canal being built. To celebrate this, Explorers took on an equally mighty challenge of engaging 200 schools within two miles of the canal over the course of 2016. Offering interactive local history workshops, water safety assemblies and guided walks, the challenge was to engage school children with the historical landmark on their doorstep.
All about the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
We produced a downloadable resource to help children learn about why the canal was built, who built it and why it took so long to complete.
Over 1000 children try canoeing
In partnership with the Desmond Family Canoe Trail we ran four canoe schools weeks where children had the opportunity to try canoeing and learn about habitats or upthrust in a science workshop. Over 1000 children took part in activities across four locations: Bootle, Burscough, Blackburn and Wigan.
Ten teachers from Maghull & District Cluster of Schools joined us to learn about how their schools could celebrate the bicentenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Children from Priestthorpe Primary School joined the Explorers and Construction team to find out how Bingley Three Rise Locks were made and repaired. Bingley Beavers also had the opportunity to see the huge spider crane (required for the installation of new lock gates) transported along the canal to Three Rise Locks.
The joining of Yorkshire and Lancashire
The summer term saw the Mersey Motorboat Club host a week of bicentenary themed workshops for local schools. 250 children took part in Explorers activities including fossil making, upthrust workshops and Leeds & Liverpool Canal rosette making.
Happy birthday to you...
Over 500 children lined the route of the canal to see short boat Kennet and its flotilla of boats through their local area – waving flags and singing happy birthday to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
2016 saw 22 active Explorers volunteers leading educational visits along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Bingley, Burnley, Sefton and Liverpool.
In partnership with The Tetley in Leeds, Explorers worked with artist Jennyanne Smith and year 5 from St Joseph’s Primary School in Hunslet. The children drew what the canal might look like in another 200 years. Jennyanne then incorporated their drawings into boards that were installed in Granary Wharf in Leeds and are now on public display.
And finally…the award for bicentenary volunteer of the year goes to: Les Dundon!
Sefton Explorers volunteer Les was named volunteer of the year at the bicentenary gala dinner and awards evening. Les also volunteers for other teams within the North West Waterway and is a huge asset to the Trust – we’re very lucky to have him.
The Education Team delivers two main learning programmes. Explorers which is aimed at primary school children and uniformed groups, and STEM which is aimed at secondary schools. We provide free, curriculum linked learning resources for teachers and offer a range of outreach sessions to inspire children and young people about our waterways. Our fantastic Education Volunteers deliver sessions on the towpath or in school, bringing the stories of our waterways to life.