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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.
Yesterday we held our first Public Meeting at the canal-side Bond Warehouse in Birmingham.
Following a brief update on the progress of the Trust from chairman Tony Hales and chief executive Robin Evans, guests had the opportunity to explore a number of interactive information stands and speak to members of staff and volunteers.
Along with trying out the educational activities that we run and discovering the different range of material used to repair and enhance canal banks, guests were able to step aboard a workboat and talk to our maintenance staff about the work they do to keep the canals open.
The meeting was also an opportunity to provide information on how our partnership with Google is helping to increase awareness of the 2,000 mile network of towpaths. Waterways Partnership chairs, Danny Brennan and Charlotte Atkins, gave an insight into the work of their respective Partnerships and their aspirations for the future.
A common theme throughout the event was the desire and need to work in partnership to care for the historic canal network. We made it clear that we are keen to work with a range of organisations and individuals to achieve our ambition.
To emphasise this, Robin Evans and Clive Henderson, chairman of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding before the start of the meeting to recognise the mutual interests of the two charitable organisations.
Robin Evans, chief executive for the Canal & River Trust, said: “We already work closely with the IWA and this agreement both formalises and acts as a catalyst to that relationship. By working together and building on each others skills and experience we will make a greater impact on the waterways and peoples’ enjoyment of them than either of our organisations could have done alone.”
Clive Henderson, chairman of The Inland Waterways Association, said: "IWA sees that there are areas of shared interest with the Trust, where pooling our resources may help better engage with local communities to generate support from local people to care for and help maintain their local stretch of waterways, and hopefully open up new areas for fundraising.
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