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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've opened a brand new play area at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Unveiled by the Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Bob Crompton, the play area offers babies and young children a unique water-themed experience during their visit.
The water themed play area includes brand new soft play equipment plus organised activities such as painting and modelling. The equipment and activities have been designed with help from a family-friendly audit (taken from Kids in Museums) to offer additional facilities and learning experiences to younger audiences. The play area will also be available for hire by small groups and children’s parties.
John Inch, general manager, National Waterways Museum said: “We are delighted to open these new facilities for our younger visitors and already parents have told me they will be bringing their kids here for years to come. I am also delighted to announce that our very popular soft play boat for 5 to 11 year olds is next in line for refurbishment fully completing our children’s area.”
Helen Evans, education co-ordinator for the Trust adds: “Opening the play area is the first stage of our education programme and we are now set to develop a family guide, part of our Canal & River Explorers learning programme, specially designed to help children discover the history, geography and wildlife of their local canal or river.
“We would like to take the opportunity to thank: Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust for funding the project; the Portside Children’s Centre who helped advise us; Sharon Vernon who represents the local schools partnership, Annette Simpson the Trust’s Education & Interpretation manager, along with museum staff and volunteers.”
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