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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.
Meet Cassie, our filming and campaigns executive based in London. She's a keen cyclist on our waterways.
When I started working at Canal and River Trust I decided that I would commute to work by bicycle, at that time there were four or five regular cyclists in the office and I felt more encouraged to cycle. Now I am only one of the regular cyclists in the Little Venice office, this is why I have made a pledge to cycle to work on the 14 September and I’ve also been trying to encourage my colleagues to try it out.
I try to cycle to work every single day, even if it’s raining (I have a good rain coat and always have a change of clothes for work). I commute from South London through the city centre to Little Venice. My journey is about six miles each way and takes me 35 minutes on a good day.
The route is mainly on the new cycle super highways now so it’s much more relaxing, I get to ride through Hyde Park every morning which is lovely and I try to mix things up by taking different back streets through Belgravia and Paddington.
I don’t think I could go back to commuting by train and tube, it just seems so uncivilised… sweating inside a metal tube with your face squashed between the window and a strangers armpit not to mention the endless delays. Cycling to work gives you freedom and puts a smile on your face!
You can get all of your exercise for the day out of the way on your commute – if I got the train to work I’d be sat down for an extra hour a day. It makes you feel much more alert when you arrive at work plus you’re getting an extra dose of vitamin D.
Saves you money – a travel card in London is about £150 a month. Cycling to work costs nothing, except the occasional inner tube or bike shop repair which is rarely over £10.
Cool rides – I have a 40 year old Mercian racing bike, it was hand built in Derby from super light steel. I maintain my bike regularly and I love buying new parts and accessories for it, I recently had some bespoke wheels made. I spend the money I save on travel fares on making my bike brilliant.
Great way to see the city – before I used to only walk along the road that took me from the tube or bus to my regular destinations. Cycling completely opens the city up, getting lost and discovering a new place is one of the best things about riding – even if I am occasionally late for work or social occasions.
Longevity – cyclists live longer, apparently, every hour you cycle adds another hour to your life.
Don't forget to Share the Space
Find out more about our towpath code
Our guest bloggers all have a passion for our waterways, whether they are volunteers, staff or the experts we work with.