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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
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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.
Today we're publishing our first Report & Accounts, one year after we took over responsibility for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales.
The Report, which will be presented at our Annual Meeting in Ellesmere Port today, highlights a significant increase in voluntary support for and investment in the waterways, including:
Tony Hales, Canal & River Trust chairman, said: “We have made a solid start since our launch last July and every day I see new evidence of how the creation of the Trust is liberating our staff and getting us closer to the communities that use and love our wonderful waterways.
“But this is just the beginning. We know that the waterways still face enormous challenges. We still need more investment. We face the growing threat of climate change to our infrastructure and water supplies. And we need more people to follow the example of those individuals and communities who are getting out and caring for the waterways and wildlife on their doorstep. We must never go back to the bad old days of the last century when so many canals were lost because too many people took them for granted.”
Richard Parry, who this week takes over as chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, commented: “I am very fortunate to be joining the Trust at such an exciting point in its development. Seeing the work that the Trust does, and the bond that so many communities have with their local canals and rivers, has been instrumental in my decision to join the Trust. We look forward to inspiring many more people to enjoy our waterways and to support the vital work we do to keep them open.”
The Canal & River Trust’s Report & Accounts represent the founding accounts for the charity. They cover the period from 2 October 2011 to 31 March 2013, from the establishment of the Trust, through the transfer of 2,000 miles of canals and rivers from state control and the Trust’s first nine months of trading.
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
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018