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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.
Walk along a 200-year-old canal bed at our free open day
On Saturday 28 November we're inviting you to venture down into the bottom of Lock 21 on the South Stratford Canal in Lapworth and see the original 200-year-old brickwork up close.
Heritage and engineering experts will be on hand to talk about the skilled craftsmanship that goes into the maintenance of the nation’s industrial heritage. Volunteer lock keepers will also explain how they have kept a traditional canal role alive.
This month we began a five-month maintenance programme costing £4.2million on the canals and rivers across the West Midlands.
To prepare for the essential works, stretches of the canal have been drained and over 1100lbs of fish have been relocated.
Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands waterway partnership for the Canal & River Trust in the region said: “Our open days are a fascinating showcase, which give local people the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at some amazing craftsmanship. To walk along the bed of a 200 year old lock, see the waterway's original 18th century design and understand the scale of the work we do to care for it, is a real privilege.”
The open day at Lock 21 on the South Stratford Canal in Lapworth will be held on Saturday 28th November between 10am and 4pm, last entry into the lock is 3:30pm.
The address is Brome Hall Lane, Lapworth, Warwickshire B94 5QZ. Please wear sturdy shoes if you would like to go down into the lock
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Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
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