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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.
Staff and volunteers at Gloucester Waterways Museum are celebrating after being recognised as a ‘quality assured’ visitor attraction by Visit England.
Mystery shoppers visited the museum at the end of October as well as making a number of anonymous telephone calls and emails to assess the museum for its customer service.
In particular the museum was praised for:
The final report stated: “The Gloucester Waterways Museum continues to provide a very good visitor experience for visitors of all ages.”
Despite the poor British summer and current economic downturn Gloucester Waterways Museum is on track to exceed its visitor target for 2012. Trip Advisor currently ranks the museum the second most popular visitor attraction in Gloucester, second only to the city’s cathedral. Recent reviewers praised the museum for its seasonal Santa Cruises and ability to keep families entertained with different things around every corner, whatever the time of the year.
Doreen Davies, museum manager says: “We are thrilled that Visit England’s quality assurance assessor recognised the efforts we make to provide an unforgettable experience for people who visit our museum. It was particularly pleasing to read that she had singled out the first class customer service skills of our hard-working volunteers, who help to make the museum what it is today.”
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
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal