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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
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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.
Once again we're calling for motorists to slow down when crossing 200-year old canal bridges after yet another bridge has been hit.
Over the last year we've had to spend over £1 million to repair hump back bridges - money which could be better used maintaining and looking after our canals.
The latest bridge to be hit is Gamnel Bridge (Bridge 2) which crosses the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal near Tring. The repair is expected to cost tens of thousands of pounds as the brick parapet is badly damaged and will need to be taken down and completely rebuilt.
Will Swinburn from the Canal & River Trust, said: “Hump-back bridges are synonymous with our wonderful canals, connecting us to our past and to a slower pace of life. Each time a bridge is hit a small bit of history is lost and it is heart-breaking for us to spend so much time and money caring for these amazing structures just to see them damaged.
“In this case the motorist stopped and left their insurance details so we should be able to claim back most of the cost of the repair but if motorists just slowed down a bit and took more care and attention then they would really help protect our canal heritage.”
Tringford Road will be closed for the duration of the repair works with a signed diversion route in place.
Volunteer and make a difference
Whether you want to help wildlife, learn more about canal heritage, meet new people or gain work experience through an office-based role, we're likely to have something right up your street
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Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
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