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Work for us
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 are encouraging families in Northamptonshire to pop along to Stoke Bruerne for some outside fun along the waterways during the summer holidays.
We are hosting a series of free family fun days aimed at helping introduce children, young people and families to their local waterway, via trail walks, pond-dipping and craft activities.
The activities will run from 11am - 3pm on the 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st August and are being led by the Trust’s ‘Explorers’ education team who aim to educate children all about the wildlife of their local canals, as well as how to enjoy them safely.
Stoke Bruerne is one is of the nation’s most idyllic canal-side destinations. Peaceful, charming and home to the Canal Museum which is home to a fascinating collection of waterway memorabilia, films and displays.
Elaine Stanley, Canal & River Trust education volunteer co-ordinator, said: “Stoke Bruerne is a really beautiful part of the Grand Union Canal and a great place to visit for a family day out away from the hustle and bustle.
“During the summer, the canal is alive with all kinds of colourful boats and wildlife and is a perfect location to spend some time. Our education team are experts in bringing to life the ecology, history and science of the 200-year old waterways, so I’d encourage anyone with a family looking for an interesting day out to come along.
“More people than ever before are discovering their local canals, and as a charity we’re really keen to showcase all they have to offer to a new generation of enthusiasts.”
There is no need to book - just turn up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing. All equipment will be provided. The address is Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, NN12 7SE.
Love My Stretch
Everyone has their favourite place on the waterways, and we want to hear about yours. Make a donation today through Love My Stretch and you can claim your own special spot for a year
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