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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.
This weekend, Londoners will be celebrating 200 years since the first cutting of the Regent’s Canal, and the Canal & River Trust is asking those who use and enjoy the waterway to take part in the celebrations and help give the canal a birthday makeover.
We're asking people to donate money or their time with the aim of raising £5,000 to transform the canal into a community garden with fruit trees, wildflowers and climbing plants growing in a number of pockets along its 8½ mile length. The makeover will provide a great opportunity to encourage wildlife and bring colour to the towpath throughout the seasons.
Additionally, members of the public can take part in the charity’s new Towpath Taskforce teams, which were launched earlier this week. These will provide regular volunteering opportunities, such as painting lock gates, clearing overgrown vegetation and cleaning up litter and graffiti, giving the canal a birthday makeover.
Jon Guest, London’s waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust, comments: “London’s canals and rivers are a valuable green resource in a crowded city, and we can all benefit from them. By donating to the Regent’s Canal appeal and helping support the new Towpath Taskforce teams, Londoners can help bring a wealth of added benefits to the daily maintenance work carried out by the Canal & River Trust. Most of all, by getting involved, more people will appreciate their local waterway and help provide a lasting legacy that we can all be proud of.”
Becky Williams, volunteer team leader for the Canal & River Trust in London, adds: “There are pockets along the Regent’s Canal that, for various reasons, have been neglected and forgotten over time. Through people giving their time and money, we want to reclaim these for local communities, visitors and wildlife by clearing out the litter and damage, and breathing new, green life back into them. Not only can we support populations of bumblebees, butterflies, dragonflies and other insects but we can also encourage birds and bats to make their homes in the heart of our capital.
“We’ve seen a massive rise in volunteering over the last four years and the new Towpath Taskforce teams will provide easy opportunities for people to turn up to with no previous experience, meet existing volunteers and learn about other opportunities to get involved. We have volunteers from all walks of life who donate their time to us to get some exercise and help keep their local waterside community looking tidy because they recognise how important London’s canals and rivers are.”
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
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018