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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Jack Perks, an experienced wildlife photographer, has given us his top tips for taking pictures down by our canals and rivers.
We work hard to keep our canals and rivers picture perfect. So many of you appreciate the results and snap away when you reach the towpath. Next time you’re by the water follow these simple tips to get the perfect photo.
Bulbs such as snowdrops, tulips and of course daffodils flourish in spring. All make fantastic backdrops and add a seasonal context to your images. Lush green grass can also be a great factor, especially as it is lower now than it will be in the summer, when it may hinder shots. In the autumn most canals are lined with trees providing great opportunities.
Make the most of the water whether it’s a landscape shot of a bridge or a bird preening, reflections add a little interest. A windy day will offer more waving reflections, while a calm day will be more like a mirror.
Waiting for that decisive moment can really transform an image – whether the subject is flapping its wings, interacting with another animal nearby, or even just opening its beak.
Getting the same viewpoint as your subject really brings your photography to a new level. If you can’t get down on the floor, try using a camera with a flappable screen, or find subjects on your level, such as birds in bushes.
Many people enjoy feeding the birds so make use of this by bringing some seed, peas or corn. This means if you don’t have a long lens the wildlife will come closer in. remember not to feed birds bread though as it harms the birds and degrades the water.
It's tempting to just use a long lens for wildlife, especially birds. However, going on the wider end really opens up the possibilities. It gives you an idea of where the subject lives, and compliments other portrait images.
We would all love to go to remote locations regularly. However, it's not always possible. You can make up for that by finding wildlife that you can easily get near to. Put out feeders for garden birds and you should get good shots from your kitchen window.
Photography is varied and we all have are own tastes and styles, so don’t be afraid to try out new methods. By slowing down the shutter you get more blurry effects with the motion of the animals.
Spring means we need to get up a little earlier for the better light, but it's worth it once you're there. The softer golden light can really enhance an image and is much better then harsh midday light. Another advantage is that species such as reptiles and dragonflies are easier to approach in the morning, as they haven’t warmed up yet.
Wildlife can be very spooky and take time to get close to it so take your time and wait for the subject to appear. It might not happen the first few times so keep at it!
These tips have been provided by Jack Perks. Find out more about his work.
Hidden World photo competition
Enter our Hidden World photo competition and share your best autumnal waterway photo with #hiddenworld on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Find a place to photo
There are so many photo opportunities along our canals and rivers. Find a place to visit near you
Last date edited: 10 November 2017