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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.
Our canals are lined with great places to eat and drink but did you realise you can grab a bite to eat on the water too?
From boats selling cheese and ice cream to bars onboard barges, there are plenty of places you can refuel. Here are just a few of the foodie businesses that you can find by the water:
Butty & Sweet, Llangollen Canal
Mandi and Dave run a traditional café from their boat moored in Trevor Basin next to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Grab a cup of tea and a slice of cake before marvelling at the awesome aqueduct.
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The Home Brew Boat
No canal-related food and drink feature is complete without beer! The home brew boat travels around the Midlands selling everything you need to make your own cider, beer, spirits and wine at home. Visit them on the towpath and then forage for some fruit on the way home and you could enjoy a thoroughly canal-based beverage.
The Candy Boat
Sticking with a sweet theme, the Candy Boat sells every kind of sweet you could possibly hanker after. Black Jacks, Bon Bons and toffees of every flavour can be found floating up and down our canals and rivers.
The Jam Butty, various locations
If you’re after a sweet treat with amazing provenance then hunt down the Jam Butty. They sell preserves made from foraged foods, many found along our towpaths. You’ll often find them at canalside festivals, although they are happy to be flagged down if you spot them on the move.
Flavoursafloat Coffee Emporium
If you’re after a caffeine fix then hunt down this floating coffee shop. Their products make wonderful gifts or the perfect treat. You can follow their progress on facebook. Keep an eye out for them in a town near you soon.
Find a place to visit
This is just a very small selection of the different boats selling food and drink on our waterways. Explore your local waterway and find food on a boat near you
Last date edited: 10 November 2017