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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.
Thames Reach has joined forces with the Canal & River Trust to help people sleeping rough on the capital’s towpaths escape homelessness and engage with the services that can help them get their lives back on track.
Regular patrols of Thames Reach outreach workers and Canal & River Trust towpath rangers have covered hundreds of miles over the past 18 months and have found more than 50 people sleeping rough.
Dick Vincent, Canal & River Trust towpath ranger, said: “We know there are some rough sleeping hotspots across canals and rivers in London and wanted to work with the professionals from Thames Reach to help. They are the experts and can provide the right advice and services, so together we can encourage people to find safer alternatives to sleeping outside. The partnership is in its early days, but we’re pleased with the progress being made so far.”
Jude Cross, Thames Reach’s area director for outreach, said: ““To date through the support of the Canal & River Trust we have been able to identify and support 40 people to move away from a rough sleeping lifestyle and into accommodation. We are working with others to enable them to get the support they need to move on also. As the landowner, the approach the Canal & River Trust have shown in engaging with Thames Reach is one that is to be commended and has made a positive difference in the lives of those that are vulnerable and excluded from society.”
Read more about our work with Thames Reach
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