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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.
The Rochdale Canal in Manchester’s city centre has been improved for both pedestrians and boaters with the installation of new and refurbished lock gates, and a large scale waterway clean up.
Over the winter, we have been able to upgrade a key section of the city centre canal known as the Piccadilly Undercroft, which flows underneath the main A6 Piccadilly road, near the Malmaison Hotel and Ducie Street.
A worn-out set of oak gates at Lock 84 have been replaced and at Lock 85, we have refurbished the chamber walls and existing lock gates. At the same time our volunteers have given the whole area a lick of paint and staff have removed over 40 tonnes of rubbish from the canal bed.
Local manager David Baldacchino said: "These improvements to the Rochdale Canal mean it is a much nicer place to boat and walk through. It’s a peaceful, traffic-free route through the busy city centre which can be used freely by everyone. The water quality is now so good that fish like perch and pike are thriving in the canal. The floating garden that we have put in is great, and more and more local people are getting involved in joining us to look after the canal.
"It’s a great shame that some people still use it as a rubbish dump. During the recent work our staff removed fencing panels, traffic cones, concrete posts, car bumpers, road signs and hundreds of glasses and bottles. It costs us thousands and stops us doing more for the canal in the area.
"Keeping the beautiful waterway pristine is always going to be a struggle in a city centre location next to pubs and bars. It’s a challenge we’re up for though and appeal to everyone to take care of the canal – think twice about how you get rid of your rubbish and use the proper ways – don’t just tip it in the water. The more people who walk, jog, cycle and boat along the canal, the less opportunity there will be for anti-social activity."
This winter we have been able to replace or restore more than 160 lock gates across the nation’s canal network, at a cost of over £45million. This is in addition to carrying out vital repairs to aqueducts, reservoirs and tunnels. The hand-crafted lock gates only have a working lifespan of two or three decades and need to be regularly replaced to keep the canal system in good working order. A single lock gate can take up to 20 days to make and in order for it to be watertight, it needs to be built very precisely, fitting tightly to the masonry of the lock walls and any other gate.
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