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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.
We're completing a six-week, £250,000 project at Limehouse Tidal Lock to replace the lock gate seals on both sets of lock gates.
Bespoke wooden stop planks were craned into place, with the help of divers, to dam off the water to allow the works to take place. The 8m deep lock has now been drained of water, to allow a specialist team of engineers to work within the empty lock to replace the seals and carry out repairs to the lock chamber.
The lock gates are now over 24 years old, and in the last year the lock was used more than 1,250 times. The repair works will help lengthen the life of the lock gates further still.
Limehouse Tidal Lock is the gateway from the River Thames to the 2,000-mile network of historic canals and rivers across England and Wales. The lock leads into Limehouse Basin, previously known as the Regent’s Canal Dock, and lies at the lower end of the Regent’s Canal.
Historically the Dock was used by collier brigs, bringing coal from Northumberland and Durham and unloading it on to barges to supply gasworks and coal yards along the waterside. In 1969 the Regent’s Canal Dock closed for shipping, apart from steel scrap. A new lock, known as Limehouse Tidal Lock, of smaller dimensions and with sector gates was constructed in the former ship lock in 1988-89. Marina pontoons were installed in the Basin in 1994.
The works at Limehouse this winter are part of our programme to repair and restore hundreds of historic waterway structures including iconic lock flights and bridges, as part of its five-month, £45 million programme of work to look after 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales.
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