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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 welcoming the news from last week’s Queen’s speech that there is to be a tax levied on all carrier bags from UK supermarkets.
Our chief executive, Richard Parry, wrote a letter to the Times expressing our support for this new measure and we're delighted that they've published it today.
The announcement of a 5 pence charge on plastic carrier bags in the Queen’s speech comes as welcome news for England’s canals and rivers.
Plastic bags are an unsightly blight on the nation’s waterways, blocking weirs, getting tangled in boat propellers and trapping wildlife. Even with the help of many volunteers, the Canal & River Trust still spends over £770,000 a year removing litter from the 2,000 miles of historic waterways in our care, money we have to divert from vital maintenance.
What would make a real difference is if the money raised for the charge were recycled back to those environmental charities, like ourselves, who are at the frontline of tackling litter on a daily basis.
As the Government hasn't fixed the details of their plans yet, we're going to use our regular policy meetings with them to ask for our idea about the distribution of the money raised to be included in the draft regulations.
We will work with other charities and organisations dealing with litter to show the double benefit that this approach will produce – reducing litter at source and supporting work to deal with remaining litter problems;
We're also going to work with potential retail partners on specific litter-targeting schemes, as we do already with Marks & Spencer who direct some of their existing plastic bag charge into their Big Beach and Waterway Clean Up.
If you want to get involved with our work and make the country’s waterways a better place then consider joining one of our towpath taskforce days. Tasks vary on a regular basis and can include painting, planting, weeding, litter clearance and general maintenance, depending on what’s most needed in that area.
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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