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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
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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.
If you live in London and love walking and cycling we need you to volunteer and help make the capital’s increasingly busy canal towpaths even more pleasant places to visit.
We want to to recruit 30 new towpath rangers in the build up to the spring.Towpath rangers play an important role in encouraging walkers, cyclists, anglers, joggers and boaters, to use the towpaths considerately. They also attend and lead towpath events and guided walks, carry out visitor counts and encourage communities to get involved with their local waterways.
Rangers are needed at a range of locations along the Grand Union and Regent’s canals. There are also opportunities on the Upper River Lee and River Stort.
Debbie Vidler, Canal & River Trust volunteer co-ordinator, says: “London’s canals are proving more popular than ever and are becoming busier and busier as a result. It's a really rewarding role, perfect for someone who likes working outdoors, so I’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch.”
Rob Lansdown, has been volunteering as a towpath ranger for four years along the Regent’s and Grand Union canals. Rob says: “I had serious back problems and needed to lose weight, so I went on the 'Waterways Diet'. I lost the 10 stone in a year by walking along the towpaths of London.
"Then I found out about volunteering as a Towpath Ranger and thought it sounded a great idea. Some of us cycle and some walk, sometimes together, sometimes on our own, and we look out for anything that's amiss so it can be fixed. It’s a good role, there’s always something going on or someone who needs some help – and it’s great to be of service to them.”
You don’t need any specialist knowledge to be a volunteer towpath ranger, just enthusiasm for your local waterway, an interest in cycling and walking and love talking to people. Familiarity with social media would also be an advantage. Events and activities may take place in the day time, evenings or at weekends and could last from a couple of hours to a full day. Ideally you should be able to give up to a couple of days a month.
Find out more about this rewarding volunteer role.
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Canal & River Trust brand
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Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
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