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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
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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.
We are encouraging people living in Aylesbury who can’t resist jumping in puddles to pull on a pair of wellies and head out onto the Grand Union Canal for one final splash before work begins to resurface the towpath.
We are working in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council to resurface three miles of towpath along the Grand Union Canal so people can visit the canal whatever the weather.
Whilst on site we will also improve the access steps from Park Street to the canal and installing a ramp so bikes can be wheeled up and down the steps rather than having to be carried.
We're able to carry out this work after Buckinghamshire County Council secured the £936,000 needed to carry out the improvements from approved developments around the East of Aylesbury.
Starting in early summer, phase one of the work will see major improvements along the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal between Highbridge Road to Osier Bed Lock, near Victoria Park. Two future phases will see the towpath improved up to the Arla Dairy site on College Road, Aston Clinton. Once finished, the newly improved all-weather surface towpath will create better access and provide traffic free routes for walkers, cyclists, people with buggies and boaters visiting the canal.
James Clifton, our enterprise manager, said: "This is a very popular stretch of canal with local people using it to access the town centre shops and commute to work. The Canal & River Trust is delighted to be able to do this work as it will make a big difference to the local community and, hopefully, encourage more people to get out and enjoy some fresh air."
Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Mark Shaw, said: "We’re really pleased to be working with the Trust on investing in this improvement, which I’m sure will be welcomed not only by regular walkers and cyclists, but also, I hope, encourage more residents to use it for leisure and for getting to work."
During the works the towpath will be closed, with local diversion routes in place.
What's happening near you?
Look at our Local to You pages to find all the latest in your local area, including news, events, stories and details of how you can get involved with our work
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