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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.
Our team of divers have just completed a week submerged in freezing waters inspecting safety gates along the West Midlands’ 200 years old canals.
The gates, which are located within the wall of the towpath or along the bottom of the canal and are made from wood or metal, are designed to protect homes and businesses in the rare event that there is a breach in the canal bed or embankment.
The gates are part of the original design of the canal and work by automatically closing if there is a surge of water rushing along the canal. The weight of the water will keep the gates closed and create a watertight seal preventing any further water from emptying out of the canal and into the surrounding area.
Michael Banks, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “These safety gates are a brilliant yet simple piece of engineering. They are extremely important which is why we carry out a thorough inspection of them every year to make sure they are in good working order and ensure there isn’t any large pieces of debris in the way which would prevent them from closing.
“This time of year the water in the canal is about three degrees, so really cold, and it’s also pretty murky so visibility can be pretty poor. The divers are well equipped and used to working in these sorts of conditions but it is hard as the water is so cold. Thankfully they’re a hardy bunch and just get on with the important work of inspecting the gates in order to keep local homes and businesses safe.”
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