Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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.
To celebrate International Women’s day we’ve been speaking to some of the women around the Trust who play a huge part in making our canals and rivers the special places that we know and love. Julie Sharman is our head of asset management and performance and here she tells us about what that involves.
I began my career in construction with Taylor Woodrow, working on the Channel Tunnel. The team I worked with helped to reclaim a large area of land from the sea with the muck from the Tunnels. I also worked with the miners to set the line of cross-passages between service tunnel and main tunnels. I was there from the early days of the project but left before the two sides met in the middle.
I then worked in London on the Jubilee Line extension constructing Southwark station working with the French-Japanese consortium Aoki-Soletanche before joining British Waterways in 1996.
I have a very varied and enjoyable job, from meeting Ministers to problem solving. My main role is to lead the asset management and performance team, there are 200 of us altogether covering water management, heritage, the environment, engineering health & safety, asset strategy M&E and SCADA/ICA.
Our job is to understand how the waterway network works, review the risks and then prioritise repairs and restoration work. We look after everything from reservoir dams to dredging and inspecting all of our structures to check their condition to deciding where to invest our hard earned income. As a team we also support the rest of the Trust with technical advice. We can help people with advice about when to carry out projects to make sure we don’t disturb the environment, how much water is available in certain areas, whether we need to get listed building consent before work goes ahead and much more.
The most rewarding parts of my role are seeing the improvements that we make, working with our excellent team and influencing opportunities for the Trust externally. I am always looking out for opportunities for our funding team to help support our work on the network and make sure we get the best deal when there’s any new legislation that might affect us.
I get to wear a hard hat and get out on site at least once a month. As my first job was in construction I feel very at home in a hard hat, and it keeps your head warm and dry!
At the moment we’re still dealing with the aftermath of the Boxing Day floods. We’re working to repair Elland Bridge and Knostrop Weir in Yorkshire. I’ve been talking with local authorities and government to try and secure funding for the works.
The great thing with engineering is delivering something physical at the end, not all jobs can offer that level of satisfaction.
If you’re thinking of getting into engineering why not give it a go? It’s interesting, rewarding and will give you the chance of a great career.
From hydrologists to historians and ecologists to engineers, our experts work together to ensure that every time you step onto the towpath you experience the best the waterways can offer. Find out more...
Last date edited: 24 February 2017