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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.
We've started repairs to Lock 55 along the Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted to stop the three tonne gates from leaking.
Located on the canal outside the Rising Sun pub, the gates have become worn, mainly from by the hundreds of boats passing through the lock each year, so our team will be installing new liners along the edges of the gates. These new liners will create a water tight seal when the gates close helping to save water.
The works are part of £38million we are spending across the country to carry out much needed repairs to keep the nation’s canals open for the thousands of visitors who boat, walk and cycle along the waterways each year.
Charlotte Wood, our construction manager, said: "The Grand Union Canal in this area is a really popular spot for people wanting to enjoy the waterways and escape the hustle and bustle.
"During the summer months, the locks are used many times every day and do get a lot of use from passing boats. The gates at here at Berkhamsted had worn in places but this repair should ensure the gates last for many more years still and, with the new seals, should be water tight."
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
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018