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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 teamed up with Drifters to offer England’s football squad the chance to escape from the pressures of their early World Cup exit, by taking up the offer of a free canal boat holiday.
We've teamed up with hire boat consortium, Drifters, to offer Roy Hodgson and his squad of players a free week on a narrow boat, with canals offering the space, tranquillity and slower pace of life that could be perfect for unwinding after the stresses of yet another early departure from football’s biggest tournament.
With over 2,000 miles of waterways across the country, there are plenty of routes for the players to choose from. Those based in the south could unwind on the beautiful 200-year old Kennet & Avon Canal which runs from Berkshire to Bath, or the Grand Union Canal which traverses through the scenic Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire countryside. Those based in the north could choose from any number of the region’s waterway gems, such as the Ripon Canal or the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Simon Salem from the Canal & River Trust says: “Going out of the World Cup may not be the end of the world, but it probably feels like it at the moment. With the eyes of a disappointed nation on the squad, the players probably feel like getting away from it all - and what better way to do it than escaping to a beautiful and relaxing canal. We’d be happy to advise any of the team on a quiet, calming route for them and their family and would encourage them to get in touch if they’re interested.”
Nigel Stevens, Drifters director, adds: “Canal boat holidays are often described as the fastest way to slow down. After months of gruelling training, followed by the disappointment of defeat, an escape through the English countryside by canal could be just what the doctor ordered."
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