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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.
In response to boater demand, and to make the canals even greener, we are installing recycling bins on canals and rivers at almost 100 sites around the country.
Boaters are keen to see more recycling bins on the waterway and this ties in with our ambition to encourage responsible recycling and get people to think about how they treat their rubbish.
We will be removing some of its general waste bins and replacing them one-for-one with recycling bins. While many canals have recycling banks nearby, we hope that having visible, easy access bins will make it easier for boaters.
The bins will be installed in north Wales and Cheshire from mid-July, and will then be rolled out across the nation’s canals and rivers. We will be publishing information about the location of the sites on our website as well as providing on-site signs about the facilities.
Vince Moran, our operations director, said: “Recycling bins are great for everybody: they give boaters what they want and help send out a message about how to get rid of your rubbish responsibly and in the most environmentally sound manner.
While our waste contractors do recycle much of our waste at the end of the collection process, this is something that can’t be seen by the public. Recycling bins provide a visual reminder to people to recycle as much as they can, and encourage environmentally conscious behaviour. We all want to see a healthy environment.
Please use the new bins as much as you can, and make sure you look after them, so they can be as effective as possible.”
Reducing waste and increasing recycling forms a key part of our Green Plan, which has been in operation since 2010. The plan aims to reduce the charity’s carbon emissions and ensure it operates as sustainably as possible. It looks at factors including gas, electricity, recycling, contractors and sustainable procurement.
We have reduced carbon emissions by an astonishing 26% in five years and received accreditation from the Carbon Trust. This was achieved through strenuous efforts to reduce energy usage and to promote greener means of transport.
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways
See the Nottingham Beeston Canal in a new light this February
12 February 2018
Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
9 February 2018
Elland Bridge re-build shortlisted for engineering award
7 February 2018