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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.
John Andrews is a writer, angler and vintage tackle dealer. Watch him talk through the essential post-war rods and reels. Film by Daniel Ali.
"The golden age of angling on Britain's canals could arguably be described as spanning three decades from the late 1940s until the late 1970s. The war was over and as the country began to rebuild people rediscovered what spare time meant. For many, it meant the freedom to go fishing again.
Angling club membership which had dwindled during the war years now soared. Dozens of new clubs were formed and these clubs would fish a season's worth of weekly match fixtures against one another. Canals were popular match venues especially on the edges of the large conurbations in the North West, the Midlands and in London. By the mid-seventies almost every coarse fishing club in the country had obtained the rights for their members to fish their local canal. Up in the North West many an angler made their first cast on the Leeds-Liverpool; in the Midlands the Grand Union Canal nurtured a generation of gudgeon bashers, and further south in London, earnest young roach men fished in the hot water outflow of the ABC Bread Factory in Camden Town or poked a homemade rod through the railings in Victoria Park in the hope of their float going under. Like most post-war anglers, they’d have been using one or two of the essential bits of tackle covered in our film. Even today, fished in conjunction with a pint of decent maggots and a flask of tea, these will serve an angler well on their local stretch of water."
Words: John Andrews
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