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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 summer, families, nature lovers and heritage enthusiasts are being encouraged to explore some of the nation’s best kept secrets as TV’s Miranda Krestovnikoff helps us to launch the top ‘100 Hidden Gems’ of the waterways.
I love visiting the canals, and on a lovely sunny day there really isn’t a better place to be.
The locations have all been chosen to introduce visitors to the secret delights of their local canal or river and encourage people to enjoy a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
A ride through history on the Anderton Boat Lift on the Trent & Mersey Canal, delving into the fabulous history of the waterways at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire and ‘gongoozling’ as boats navigate the ten locks at Foxton Locks in Leicestershire all make the list, with many other beauty spots and places of interest included to ensure there is something for everyone. Other attractions include:
We are also launching a free mobile app called ‘Places to Visit’ to provide information on each of the destinations. It’s available to download along with printable information sheets at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit
Most locations are free to visit and require just a little imagination to create a fun-filled family morning or afternoon.
TV presenter and mother of two, Miranda Krestovnikoff, who is supporting the campaign and encouraging families to discover their local canal, said: “I love visiting the canals, and on a lovely sunny day there really isn’t a better place to be. From the huge variety of wildlife, to treating yourself to an ice cream or cool drink, it’s a fun, family place to enjoy the history on your doorstep without breaking the bank.”
Simon Salem, marketing director for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The canals are a wonderful place to visit during the summer and with so many people living within five miles of their local waterway it’s a really easy day out during the long summer holidays.”
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