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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.
A major operation on the Regents Canal in East London has rehomed hundreds of fish and endangered European eels as millions of litres of water was drained during vital repair work to 1km of canal wall.
More than 800lbs of fish including roach, perch and bream were collected. We also recovered 11 carp weighing between 20-27lbs and 67 endangered European eels.
The eels, along with hundreds of fish, were relocated from the canal near Mile End because of our two-month project to repair holes in the historic canal walls.
Fish experts were drafted in to carry out the operation, known as ‘electrofishing’. The process involves using a harmless low electrical current to temporarily immobilise the fish. They are then scooped up, transferred to large containers filled with fresh water and moved to safety on a nearby unaffected stretch of canal.
Across England and Wales, around 500,000 fish are expected to be relocated during 40-50 fish rescues between November and March, as we begin a £45 million major overhaul of our waterways. Essential maintenance will include the replacement of worn-out lock gates and repairs to aqueducts, reservoirs, bridges and tunnels.
John Ellis, national fisheries and angling manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Eels have declined by more than 90% over the past 50 years because of overfishing of their young, changes to ocean currents caused by climate change, a new parasite and barriers preventing migration.
"Fortunately, canals are perfect for eels as they love silty canal beds so it’s fantastic news for us that our waterways are providing an important habitat for them.”
Find out about fishing
Discover the tranquil pleasures of fishing Britain's slow-flowing canals and rivers
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