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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 calling on local people join a new canal tidy up group and help look after the Grand Union Canal in Hemel Hempstead.
The newly formed volunteer group is planning to meet along the towpath at 10am alongside the Fishery Inn (HP1 1NA) on the 4 June. People of all ages and abilities are invited to lend a hand for a few hours and help spruce up the waterway. All equipment will be provided and volunteers should wear old clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit grubby.
The work is part of our Towpath Taskforce volunteering project, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of the region’s most important wildlife habitats and public open space. The Taskforce provides regular volunteering opportunities for local communities which, as well as benefitting our canals and rivers also create memorable and rewarding experiences for everyone who takes part.
The teams meet regularly and are aimed at encouraging more community ownership of and pride in local waterways. Projects include painting lock gates, improving access to the towpath, clearing overgrown vegetation, cleaning up litter and graffiti and helping wildlife.
Jacqui Flint, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “We’re trying to establish a new volunteering group along the canal in Hemel and we need local people to volunteer their time and lend a hand. The work is really fun and rewarding. You’ll also get the chance to meet new friends, get out and about in the fresh air and make a difference to your local community.
“You don’t need any special skills, just some enthusiasm and a can do attitude and we welcome people young and old to our volunteering events so you can involve the entire family.”
Find out about volunteering
Would you like to volunteer with us? Our team of volunteers love to keep active, meet new friends and do their bit to keep their local canal a special place
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