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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.
A three-week project to install a new set of lock gates along the Oxford Canal has recently been completed.
Our engineers have been busy replacing a set of worn out lock gates at lock 40 near Thrupp. The old gates, which were around 25 years old, had come to the end of their working life and needed replacing as they were no longer water tight. These new gates, which are handmade from seasoned oak, can hold a whopping 162,000 litres of water – that's around 2,000 bath tubs – in the lock.
This winter season we're spending £43 million across the country carrying out much needed repairs to the 200-year-old canal network.
Charlotte Wood, construction manager from the Canal & River Trust, said: "The Oxford Canal is a really pretty rural waterway and is really popular with boaters wanting to explore the countryside from the comfort of their cosy narrowboat. Anything that is used on a daily basis will eventually wear out and lock gates are no exception. Now these new gates are in place they should last a good many years before they need to be replaced."
Why not take a much closer look at our repairs and restoration work at one of this year's open days.
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