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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.
Apprentice joiner Luke Wrzosek, currently serving his three-year apprenticeship at our Stanley Ferry lock gate workshop near Wakefield, has been taking a break from learning to make lock gates to build a new workboat bow.
Luke is one of two apprentices at the workshop, which each year builds 54 sets of lock gates for our canals and rivers.
He's recently turned his attention away from lock gates and onto the bow of a workboat. He says: "It has been a brilliant new challenge to build the two-metre long wooden workboat bow. I’ve managed every aspect, from design and materials ordering to manufacture and finish.”
Next week, Luke’s cabin will be taken to the Crick Boat Show (28-30 May), where visitors to the Canal & River Trust marquee will be offered the chance to help decorate it with ‘roses and castles’, part of the our celebration of this traditional canal folk art.
Luke adds: “As part of my apprenticeship I attend Wakefield College once a week so this is a fantastic project for my college portfolio. I hope lots of people enjoy decorating it at Crick Boat Show and I’m looking forward to seeing how beautiful it looks with all those roses and castles.”
The Crick Boat Show gets bigger every year. Join the crowds and enjoy a weekend of top quality entertainment and boating fun
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