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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're asking waterway visitors to protect the hidey-holes of hibernating creepy crawlies
Our appeal comes as many of the UK’s declining insect populations enter into hibernation for the winter.
Piles of autumn leaves, especially under hedgerows, provide excellent hibernating spots for some of the country’s best loved bugs, including ladybirds, bumblebees and beetles, who rely on finding safe havens to avoid the winter cold.
Habitat loss is believed to have contributed to the sharp decline in insect numbers across the UK, reported to have decreased by up to 60% in some areas.
"Many of our important insect populations also need somewhere to hunker down for winter."
Laura Mullholland, ecologist at the Canal & River Trust, said: “When we talk about hibernation, most people think about hedgehogs and bats, but many of our important insect populations also need somewhere to hunker down for winter.
"They’re looking for somewhere warm, sheltered and where they won’t be disturbed, and piles of leaves or untamed undergrowth are pretty tempting for them. Unfortunately at this time of year, piles of leaves are also pretty tempting to us – either in giving them a kick about or trying to tidy them up.
“Autumn is a fantastic time to be out by the canal, and we’ve all got great memories of watching the leaves change colour, drop, and then chucking them about a bit – all great family fun we wouldn’t miss out on for the world. But where we can safely leave them be – off the beaten path and under hedgerows for example – insects will be able to make the most of them too.”
Volunteer on the towpath
We're always looking for people to help us create the places that you want to escape to
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
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