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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're spending £1.3 million in vital maintenance work on canals in Greater Manchester and Cheshire this winter.
We're renovating 15 historic sluices, culverts and weirs, which help to manage water levels on the region’s canals.
With many dating back to when the canals were built, over 200 years ago, each mechanism is unique and needs a bespoke solution from our engineers to bring them up to date for the 21st Century.
The work involves repairs to structures along the Trent & Mersey, Manchester, Bolton & Bury, Macclesfield, Ashton and Rochdale canals. It will also include a major project to strengthen 340 metres of canal walls and embankments between Marple and Disley on the Peak Forest Canal, safeguarding dozens of homes and the main Manchester to Buxton railway line which nestle in the valley below the canal.
Rob Broadbent, project manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “We all remember the scenes of catastrophic flooding last year. It is vitally important that we invest in protecting people and property by strengthening the Peak Forest Canal embankments and keeping the canals’ sluices, weirs and culverts in good working order.”
Fran Littlewood, a principal engineer with the Canal & River Trust, added: “Anyone walking along a canal towpath could easily miss these tiny mechanisms locked away in anonymous black metal boxes. Sluices, weirs and culverts are the backroom boys of the canal system but each one offers an interesting engineering challenge and plays an important unsung role in regulating water levels.”
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
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