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Work for us
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.
We're celebrating national afternoon tea week - yes that's a thing - with a spread, jam-packed with our favourite places for tea and cakes along our 2,000 miles of waterways.
Afternoon tea is a light meal typically eaten between 3.30pm and 5.00pm. It's a custom originating from the English wealthy classes during Victorian period. By the end of the nineteenth century, afternoon tea developed to its current form and was enjoyed by both the upper and middle classes.
Back then, afternoon tea was accompanied by delicate savouries (typically cucumber or egg and cress sandwiches), bread and butter, possibly scones (with clotted cream and jam, as in cream tea), and usually cakes and pastries. The sandwiches are usually cut into small segments, either as triangles or fingers (also known as tea sandwiches). Biscuits are not usually served.
Nowadays, it can be as formal or informal as you like - but it's still a treat. And never more so than when served on a tiered stand with local, home-baked, deep-filled cakes beside a picturesque canal or river.
Bread and butty?
Mandi and Dave have just opened their floating café on the Llangollen Canal. Just a short 'walk-that-cake-off' stroll along the towpath to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Newly refurbished in the spring of 2017, the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port is welcoming visitors to its Waterside Cafe and shop.
With some of the best beer and BBQ offers, cream teas and a mound of other home-made offers, Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre is always in competition with its sister attraction, Anderton Boat Lift.
The cafe at Anderton Boat Lift has a fantastic new menu for 2017. And boasts one of the truly unique views on our waterways. From picnics to paninis, your afternoon tea will take you on a whole new journey.
Yes, our team at the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester Docks, have taken the concept of afternoon tea - and taken to the water.
Hop on board one of our scheduled cruises from Gloucester Docks running throughout the summer:
Enjoy a freshly brewed tea or coffee with a slice of cake served in our spacious saloon on board King Arthur while cruising along the glourious Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.
Canal side cafes
There are many mouth-watering delights found in cafes, bars and restaurants along our canals and rivers - find your favourite here
Last date edited: 15 August 2017