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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.
Over the past 24 hours our canals and rivers have witnessed intense rainfall, with a month’s worth of rain falling in just one day in some areas of the country.
Thanks to their proximity to rivers, our canals are prone to flooding in extreme weather conditions. In most cases when a canal floods we will close the stretch of waterway to the public and wait for the water to subside naturally.
Although an extremely rare occurrence, flooding can have more serious consequences and cause a canal to breach. When a breach does take place we make every effort to stem the water supply to this stretch of canal and keep boaters and the public informed with our online stoppage information.
Following the exceptionally heavy rains yesterday, the Trent & Mersey Canal has breached. David Baldacchinno, waterway manager for the Trent & Mersey Canal, explains: “Due to heavy rainfall overnight, the Trent & Mersey Canal has breached at Dutton Hollow near Preston Brook. The water has gone onto farmland and nobody was injured. No houses have been damaged, however there are a small number of boats on the stretch that have been affected. We are in the process of identifying owners to contact them and let them know.
“Following reports of erosion yesterday, teams were onsite overnight to install a temporary dam and stop planks to isolate this section. However, further heavy rainfall resulted in the breach this morning. Teams remain on site to reinforce safety measures and ensure that all accesses to the towpath in this area are closed. Engineering specialists are also present to plan how to repair the damage.
For the latest navigational updates visit www.waterscape.com/stoppages
For detailed flood information in your area you can also call the Environment Agency’s floodline on 0845 988 1188.
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
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
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal