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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
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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We are offering tips on how to avoid being stung by wasps at a time when millions of people are visiting the nation’s waterways and encountering Britain’s least favourite insect.
Love or loathe them, wasps are the marmite of the animal kingdom but are more hate than love. They are perceived as scary, useless and a nuisance but these common perceptions are unfair and wasps, much like the adored bee, play a vital role in the environment.
Summer is traditionally the busiest time for visits to the waterways, with millions of people hanging out at waterside pub gardens, parks and cafés, and the wild species people are most likely to encounter – and notice – is the wasp.
For many this is a negative experience, but by following a few simple tips, the Trust believes people can reduce their stress levels and perhaps even find a new respect for this enormously important species.
Mark Robinson, national ecologist for the Canal & River Trust, explains: "It’s fair to say that wasps are probably among the nation’s least favourite insects, but with a little more understanding and some small changes in our behaviour there’s no reason why we can’t have a more harmonious relationship with them.
"Many of the common perceptions about wasps are unfair and, like their more popular cousin the bee, they’re some of the most important insects in the world. They have an important role in pollination and pest control – helping farmers and gardeners – they recycle dead wood into beautiful papery nests and they are a vital link in lots of food chains."
Canals and rivers provide a fantastic nature reserve right on your doorstep and they’re free. By taking part in the charity’s annual Great Nature Watch campaign you can not only increase your own nature know-how by spotting and listening to a wide variety of wildlife but help us monitor the varieties and numbers of different species living on our waterways, which is essential when looking after and maintaining the network.
Wildlife sightings can be submitted by downloading the Trust’s free mobile app: eNatureWatch (or search Canal & River Trust in the Apple App Store /Google Play Store). Anyone can take part and record as many sightings as they like between now and the end of September.
Please visit canalrivertrust.org.uk/great-nature-watch for more details and to test your own nature knowledge or join in the conversation on Twitter at #greatnaturewatch
Pollington Lock gate replacement works enter final phase
22 February 2018
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018