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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.
The Prince of Wales joined us this week as he boarded a restored working boat to learn more about how Stoke-on-Trent’s historic canals are cared for and to meet some of the dedicated volunteers working to protect and promote important features of the city’s industrial heritage.
The day saw His Royal Highness visit Etruria Industrial Museum to meet some of the volunteers involved in caring for the only operational steam-driven potters' mill in the world. The Prince who is our Patron later boarded historic working boat The Lindsay to see how the city’s 200-year old canals are looked after today.
Before taking to the water The Prince was invited to explore the museum, home to Jesse Shirley's 1857 Bone and Flint Mill which produced the raw materials to make English Bone China. After a tour of the museum and its historic workshops the outlook moved to the future and a number of canal related programmes for young people.
Firstly The Prince met pupils from St Dominic’s Priory School in Stone, who were taking part in an educational activity through our ‘Explorers’ schools programme. The programme teaches youngsters about the history, science, geography and wildlife of their local waterway.
Then the Royal party moved outside onto the towpath to meet a group of young volunteers who are taking part in a personal development programme which sees them working with us to improve the city’s canals. The six-month course gives 16 to 24 year olds the opportunity to take part in canal-based practical conservation work and team building activities. The programme is part of Step Up To Serve - a national campaign launched by The Prince to double the number of young people involved in social action by 2020.
From Etruria, The Prince boarded The Lindsay for a 30 minute cruise on the Trent & Mersey Canal to Middleport where he officially opened the Middleport Pottery following its £9m regeneration. Whilst on board our chairman Tony Hales and chief executive Richard Parry explained how the charity cares for the city’s canals and how canals can play an important part in future regeneration plans.
Tony said; “We were delighted to welcome The Prince and to introduce him to the many people who are all, in their own way, getting involved with their local waterways.
“Canals are, of course, ingrained in the history of Stoke-on-Trent, they helped to make the Potteries one of the nation’s great industrial centres, but it was fantastic to show that they remain an important part of daily life for the city and its people.
“Stoke-on-Trent is a great example of how waterways can really benefit communities and local industry and today was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the great work taking place on or beside the water here.”
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