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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
As the charity responsible for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England & Wales the Canal & River Trust welcomes the work done by the Environment Agency and the Wildlife Trusts to help understand how things stand nationally with regards to this much loved animal.
There’s deep public affection towards the water vole but it’s important to remember that this cute and cuddly creature, forever immortalised as Ratty from Wind in the Willows, is an important part of our nation’s waterway ecosystem that is under threat.
The news that the National Water Vole Database and Mapping Project suggests that native water vole populations may have declined by around 20% across the UK in the past two years is certainly alarming and a real wake-up call showing that more needs to be done.
The reedfringes and green banks on our canals and rivers provide vital habitat for water voles offering food, shelter and a means of connecting populations across the country. The importance of our waterway network in arresting the decline is clear and as such the Canal & River Trust continues to lead on specialist work to restore valuable habitat on our canals and rivers, giving water voles a much needed helping hand in their recovery.
We have raised over £100,000 for the specific purpose of improving water vole habitats across the country. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have donated £50,000 to such projects in London and Lancashire and Natural England has donated £50,000 to conservation work in Leicestershire. Importantly we’ve also had donations and voluntary support from members of the public, local authorities and community groups and it’s vital that we continue to receive this broad support to keep up our important work.
While we’re making great strides this new research shows that we still have a long way to go. It emphasises the need for us all to work together to ensure that this vital and much loved species is looked after and that future generations can still have the pleasure of seeing and hearing water voles on their local canal or river.Help us to protect water voles today by supporting our water vole project!
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways
See the Nottingham Beeston Canal in a new light this February
12 February 2018
Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
9 February 2018