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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.
After receiving hundreds of entries, we are thrilled to reveal the winners of our nationwide Corridor for Nature competition.
Canals are important wildlife corridors, connecting towns and countryside and allowing wildlife to flow freely between the two. It's not just aquatic species that benefit from the habitat of a canal, though; canals have six distinct habitats which support a plethora of flora and fauna.
The six canal habitats are open water, grassland, trees & hedgerows, buildings, wet fringe and offside (the canal banks).
To inspire children about the importance of canal habitats, the education team ran a competition, supported by players of the People's Postcode Lottery, called Corridor for Nature. We invited primary schools across England and Wales to design a habitat garden for their school grounds, inspired by the habitats found along a canal. With the help of our guest judge, the author of children's book series 'Chico Chugg', we picked one winning school to have their design transformed into reality by a landscape gardener, and five runner up schools that received some equally fantastic prizes!
Grewelthorpe CE Primary School - Ripon
Pupils Ned Hassan and Molly Ord (pictured) were responsible for the winning design - which is now being transformed into a habitat garden in their school grounds. Watch this space for the big reveal!
Each runner up school has received a selection of wildlife and conservation prizes to encourage wildlife into their school grounds. These include an insect study centre, hedgehog shelters, bird boxes, camera traps and butterfly biomes.
Bishop Monkton Primary School - Harrogate
CWRT Rawlin Primary School - Caerphilly
Primrose Hill Primary School - Camden
The Coombes CE Primary School - Reading
Bridgewater Primary School - Northampton
Congratulations to all of our winning schools. To be the first to know about upcoming competitions, sign up to our free newsletter.
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.