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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
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.
We're celebrating after Blythe Waters won an award at this year’s Solihull in Bloom competition.
The competition, which is open to garden and flower pot lovers across Solihull, has awarded top prize to the café located near the entrance to Blythe Waters fishery after impressing the judges with its bright rainbow coloured floral display of flower pots and hanging baskets.
The judges also liked the grass roof on the café and commented on how well the project involved the local community and anglers with flower growers providing plants and gardening advice.
John Ellis, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “Winning this award is ‘blooming marvellous’ and we are delighted we have come first. The planting and care of the flower displays is all down to the hard work of Gail, who runs the café and fishery, who has spent many hours creating a rainbow treat for everyone who comes to the reservoir.”
Gail Hopper, said: “We're delighted to have won this overall award for the Solihull in Bloom competition. We have received a lot of help from our customers and the award is as much for them as us.”
Blythe Waters is a popular match fishery and has five lakes to fish and explore. The fishery has good facilities for disabled anglers and is home to a variety of native fish species including bream, perch, gudgeon and chub.
Help improve your local waterway
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Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
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16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018