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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
83-year-old John Webb, who volunteers for the Canal & River Trust, has recently been awarded a Gold Volunteer Award in recognition of him giving over 2,000 hours to help care for the historic Kennet & Avon Canal.
John is one of 40 volunteers that have been awarded a special gold badge by the Trust this year. The aim of the award is to celebrate the amazing contribution volunteers have made in helping to keep the nation’s canals looking good for the thousands of visitors throughout the year.
John, who lives in Bath and is a retired Chartered Quantity Surveyor, has been volunteering with us since we were formed in 2012 and helped establish the Towpath Taskforce group in Bath. The group meets weekly and carries out various tasks including removing graffiti, cutting back overhanging trees, filling in potholes and painting lock gates.
As a keen boater John has taken an active role in restoring the Toll House at Dundas Wharf, the ‘Hovel’ at Bathampton, re-building the historic timber crane at Burbage Wharf and landscaping the canal junction with the River Avon at Widcombe. John is also Honorary Vice President of the Kennet & Avon Trust.
Steve Manzi, volunteer coordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: "We are so lucky to have John volunteering with us along the canal and I’m delighted he has been awarded this Gold Award in recognition for all his hard work and commitment in helping us care for the waterways.
Volunteers really help bring our waterways to life and we want more people just like John to donate their time and help us care for and preserve these 200-year-old open air museums so everyone can enjoy them."
John Webb, said: "It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to put something back into our waterway system which, as a boater, I have enjoyed exploring over the past nearly 50 years. A bonus is working with a wonderful band of fellow volunteers. Without their help and support being given this award simply would not have happened."
The Bath branch of the Towpath Taskforce meets every Thursday from 10.00am to 3.00pm and is always looking new volunteers. Find out how you can volunteer or donate money to support the work across the Kennet & Avon waterways region.
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
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Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
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