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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.
Today (1 April) we’re appealing for volunteers to help us with a trial scheme to tackle the unsightly and unhygienic problem of dog poo on the towpaths of our canals and rivers.
While we welcome dogs and their owners to the towpaths, and the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their dog, there are a few who don’t. They leave their dog’s mess on the towpaths, spoiling the waterway experience for other visitors.
We want to find a way to stop this happening once and for all. After weighing it up we’ve devised a fail-safe scheme to clean up the problem. We’re appealing for volunteers to come forward and help us man the access points of a 10-mile stretch of canal between Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard.
Any dogs taken onto the towpath will be weighed on and then off again. If the dog has lost more than five per cent of its body weight when leaving the towpath we’ll ask to see the evidence in a dog poo bag. If the evidence can’t be produced the owner will be given a bag and asked to return to the site of the offence and collect the faeces before leaving.
We’ve been weighing up this scheme for a while and as long as we don’t make a mess of the trial, it could be rolled out across the country.
If you want to help keep our towpaths clean please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you’ve probably guessed by now this is an April Fools’ Day story. However, it does have a serious side. Each year we spend over £300,000 clearing fly-tipped rubbish, litter and other waste, including dog poo, from our paths. This diverts much-needed funds away from where they needed most.
Find out more about how we’re working to clear up the problem.
Find out how you and your dog can get the most of a visit to our waterways.
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