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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've been stripping-off this week, with divers braving freezing water temperatures to guide nine-tonne lock gates into place on the River Severn.
It is painstaking work which involves a range of expertise from civil engineering and heritage professionals to environmental specialists and water management.
Essential maintenance work is being carried out in Holt Fleet, Worcestershire, as we repair and re-install what are thought to be among the largest lock gates in the country.
At nine-tonnes these gates are significantly larger than the majority of lock gates on our network of inland waterways. Most locks are found on canals, which require smaller gates than river locks, typically weighing around three tonnes.
The two refurbished oak gates have been stripped and re-planked to ensure they continue to operate safely and effectively. We will use the specially trained divers to help guide the gates as they are craned into place. While this work takes place teams will also repair the walkways on this section of River Severn.
Mark Abraham, construction supervisor at the Canal & River Trust, said: “These gates are well over a decade old, and have aged because of constant usage and the enormous pressure the Severn places on them. It is essential they are reinforced, so that they can continue to operate properly for all the boaters and visitors who enjoy the river each year."
“It is painstaking work which involves a range of expertise from civil engineering and heritage professionals to environmental specialists and water management. It is only right that we continue to preserve and improve our waterways, they are part of the nation’s heritage, and continue to have an important role in today’s communities where they are home to wildlife and enjoyed by millions who live or work on them and visit them each year.”
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
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