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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We're calling on people to stay safe by taking extra care on towpaths this winter
Given the cold time of year, it’s important to be extra vigilant. Enjoy the towpaths with friends, wrap up warm and check the weather before heading for a walk or run along a towpath. If you have been enjoying a festive drink, make sure you walk home with a friend and stay away from the water.
Tony Stammers, head of safety at the Canal & River Trust, said: “As the temperature drops, our waterways look beautiful in the frost and snow and the towpath is a perfect place to head for a wintery walk. However, with the cold temperatures and the nights drawing in, it’s even more important to remember the potential dangers of walking along the edge of the water.
“Many towpaths are unlit and quiet and it’s all too easy to slip over or fall in. So our message is to take care near the edge of the water and always wrap up warm.
“Overall, the number of deaths are decreasing on our waterways, but every fatality is one too many. Towpaths, bridges and lock-sides can also become slippery at this time of year and snow can conceal boat mooring rings and ropes which, unless people are paying attention, can be easy to trip over. And whilst frozen canals look beautiful no-one should ever attempt to walk on or test the thickness of the ice.”
Families should make sure that young children are kept within sight and made aware of the importance of staying away from the edge. Dog walkers are advised to keep dogs on leads during a freeze and never follow their animal on to the ice.
Don't slip up!
Find out more about staying safe near the water
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