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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Boaters on the Shropshire Union Canal are to benefit from a £250,000 upgrade to three listed lock flights near Market Drayton
Our maintenance staff have braved daily downpours, storms and mud to work on the Tyrley, Adderley and Audlem lock flights on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border - a total of 25 locks.
They are battling through horrendous weather and ground conditions to refurbish or replace eight sets of lock gates, replace and re-work 14 lock ladders and carry out vital masonry repairs and ground stabilisation work.
The canal has had to be drained in certain sections to allow scaffolding and lifting equipment to be installed and lock gates, weighing several tonnes, to be craned in and out. Other existing gates have been strengthened and repaired to create a water tight seal – essential for the smooth operation of the navigation.
"We are used to having to deal with ice and snow but the ground has turned to a quagmire and we’re often knee deep in mud."
Kevin Walker, a project manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “This major refurbishment programme started just after Christmas and our staff have been turning out in terrible weather to keep the project on track. The constant rain has made working conditions particularly challenging. We are used to having to deal with ice and snow but the ground has turned to a quagmire and we’re often knee deep in mud.
“It is greatly to the credit of our fantastic staff that everything is still on plan to finish the repair project and re-open the canal on 11th March. This means that all the canal will be back in water and open for navigation again in good time for Easter and the start of the 2016 main boating season.”
Free open days
We're inviting you along to take a look behind the scenes and find out what it takes to keep our canals and rivers open to everyone
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends