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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 delighted to announce that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded an additional £25,000 in funding to us this financial year, bringing its annual total award for 2014/15 to £250,000.
The news was announced at People’s Postcode Lottery’s annual Charity Gala held recently in Edinburgh. Additional funding for supported charities was announced at the Gala, including the extra award to the Canal & River Trust. Dame Kelly Holmes joined 300 guests, including the Trust’s chief executive Richard Parry, to celebrate the impact that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have on charities and good causes.
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have now awarded an amazing £58.6 million to charities and good causes since the lottery’s launch in 2008. The support has made a massive difference to hundreds of communities with funding awarded to numerous grass route groups and local projects as well as national and international charities.
To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery support to the Canal & River Trust has helped to fund a number of initiatives including a national hedgerow restoration programme, the refurbishment of Postles Roving Bridge on the Llangollen Canal, funding for the repair of narrowboat Ferret at the National Waterways Museum and the restoration of the Guillotine Lock on the North Stratford Canal.
Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, comments: “It’s fantastic that the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the canals in this way. Their valuable contribution and support is helping to transform places for both people and nature, making the waterways more attractive for boaters, towpath visitors and wildlife. We have a huge array of projects that we’d like to do in the future, and this funding will be a huge boost helping us to deliver some of them.”
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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