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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
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.
A whopping 40,000 hours of volunteer time helped to keep canals in Greater Manchester, the Peak District and West Yorkshire clean, tidy and attractive for visitors last year.
This record-breaking news was announced at our annual meeting of the Manchester & Pennine waterway partnership in Manchester this month.
In addition to reporting details of the latest maintenance and restoration programme on the region’s waterways, the meeting heard how volunteers alone have given an astonishing 39,732 hours (5,675 days) to improving the Rochdale Canal, Ashton Canal, Huddersfield Narrow, Peak Forest Canal, Macclesfield Canal and Trent & Mersey Canal.
Dozens of canal workers, enthusiasts and stakeholders also heard from Transport for Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority about the important role canals play in local communities and the region.
The waterway partnership makes links with local people and organisations to promote the widest possible use of the region’s waterways. The event last week was attended by 100 people from the local community, councils, interest groups and canal enthusiasts. As well as listening to updates on progress the partnership has made over the last year including plans to improve Standedge Visitor Centre in Marsden and creating a hub for visitors in Manchester city centre, visitors also contributed their views on the future of local canals.
Walter Menzies, chair of the waterways partnership said: “This was a terrific event with a lot of support from the community and a lot of good ideas and suggestions were discussed about how we can make the region’s canals even better. We have fantastic waterways in the area with diverse rural character and some of the busiest canals across the network. We would love to see more people using the local canals and towpaths for leisure and exercise.
“We want to work with local communities and businesses to make sure that the waterways and their surrounds are kept in good order which is why we’re asking people to help us shape the future of the waterways in this region.”
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Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
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16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018