Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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.
We've removed 24 boats from the water in the last four months as we continue to crack down on those flouting the rules. The latest includes two unlicensed boats removed from the Grand Union Canal near Leighton Buzzard.
Meanwhile, an unlicensed boat on the Trent & Mersey Canal has just cost its owner thousands of pounds in additional expenses after we acted to remove it from the water. The fire-damaged boat was logged as unidentified in April 2013 before action got underway to remove the boat from the canal.
At the end of October, as the boat lift got underway, the owner of the vessel came forward. Following a long conversation with our staff, the owner agreed to pay almost £5,500 to cover the cost of the contractors, as well as outstanding fees, to keep the boat in the water.
Denise Yelland, head of enforcement at the Canal & River Trust, said: “It’s just not fair for the majority of boaters that a minority try to get something for nothing. We don’t like having to take boats out of the water and it is a last resort, but we will take action on unlicensed vessels.
"This can result in a costly shock for the owner, or the loss of their boat. In the past four months we have removed 24 unlicensed boats from the water and we will continue to crack down on those boaters who aren’t playing by the rules. Boaters make an important contribution to the canals and the income from licences helps us keep the waterways in working order.”
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
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