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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
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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.
People in the East Midlands are being invited to put forward ideas for small projects that will make a big difference on their local waterways. We will help to make some of the best suggestions a reality.
Whether it’s creating a community garden or simply putting a bench at a popular stopping spot, people are being urged to put forward ideas for micro-projects which will help to make a visit to their local canal or river even more special.
It’s part of the ‘Your Waterways’ scheme being launched in the East Midlands by us. We will support the best projects with small pots of money as well as help from it’s expert staff.
In return groups will be asked to donate time to bring the project to fruition and to consider ongoing volunteering activities to help make a difference on their local canal or river.
Ideas could range from physical improvements such as installing new seating, creating community gardens or improving sections of towpath to more community-focussed initiatives such as setting up healthy towpath walks or fishing taster sessions.
A panel of judges will assess all of the applications based on how achievable they are within the funding available as well as the benefits they will bring to the local community.
We're particularly keen to see applications from community groups that it hasn’t previously worked with.
Liz Fleuty, our development & engagement manager said; "Nobody knows waterways like the people living and working alongside them and we want to hear people’s ideas for really making the most of them.
"We’re not looking for large scale restoration projects but smaller initiatives that will make a real difference and help local communities to lead happier, healthier lives.
"We’re really open-minded and want people to be as creative as possible. If there’s an idea that pops into your head each time you take the dog for a walk on your nearest towpath then we want to hear it.
"All you need is an idea and some time to bring it fruition and the Canal & River Trust will support you in getting it off the ground."
To submit a project visit your waterways and download an application form. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2018 and successful applicants will be notified by mid-February.
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
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