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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 launched a fundraising appeal, backed by ‘Hairy Biker’ Dave Myers, to help volunteers conserve a historic canal boat built almost 90 years ago. ‘Ferret’, built in 1926 by Yarwoods at Northwich, Cheshire is now in need of a complete overhaul to give her a new lease of life.
By donating to this appeal you will help the volunteers and young trainees at the Heritage Boatyard continue this important work.
Dave Myers, Hairy Biker
Ferret is part of a unique collection of historic canal and river boats cared for by the Trust at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. As well as carrying her own cargo, she had enough power to pull an unpowered narrowboat (known as a ‘butty’).
Public donations will help trainees and volunteers at the museum’s Heritage Boat Yard restore the boat and put her back on the water where she belongs.
The Heritage Boat Yard was set up to conserve the historic boat fleet at the National Waterways Museum and to teach young people practical boat building skills. Volunteers and young trainees* work alongside each other and specialist skilled staff on a wide range of boats, all originally used on our inland waterways.
John Inch, general manager at The National Waterways Museum said: “Without the generous support we get from donors it wouldn’t be possible to keep the doors of the workshop open, teach people traditional skills or preserve our rich history for future generations.
“The boats at the museum offer a window on our industrial past, when canals were the arteries of industry. They offer visitors to the museum insight into our ancestors, who lived and worked on our inland waterways. Uniquely for us we are able to send our historic boats out of the museum and around our canals and rivers where they can be seen and enjoyed by the even more people.”
Visitors to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port can experience history in a unique way and step onto many of the boats and visit the yard, where the vessels are all in different states of repair.
When Hairy Biker Dave Myers visited the boat yard as part of his restoration road trip he said: “Each boat in the national collection tells a unique story about our canals and rivers – the type of goods they carried, the waterways they travelled along and the people who lived and worked on them.
“When I visited the National Waterways Museum, I had a go at some simple restoration tasks and got an idea of the skill and time involved in restoring these precious boats. By donating to this appeal you will help the volunteers and young trainees at the Heritage Boatyard continue this important work. You will help keep vital heritage skills alive and ensure future generations can enjoy and learn from our wonderful heritage.”
Every penny received will be spent directly and entirely on this project - Just £5 could pay for new bolts.
Find out more and donate today
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