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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've started a project to re-introduce a rare aquatic plant on the 200-year old Huddersfield Narrow Canal in Stalybridge.
Thanks to the funding from SITA and the help of volunteers we can re-establish Luronium natans and try to help return this SSSI back to its previous condition, creating a beautiful canal for people to enjoy
We're want to reverse the long term decline of the rare aquatic floating water plantain, Luronium natans, and help protect the other native plants and insects which it supports. Floating water plantain is native to Europe and Britain’s canals provide one of its most important habitats.
The project is supported by £100,000 from the SITA Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund and will see our volunteers and ecologists undertake a mix of physical works including; dredging, cutting back overhanging vegetation which blocks light to the canal and creating reserve areas to enable the replanting of the rare plant.
We've been working with Chester Zoo and other partners, to assist in the conservation of native species. As part of the project, the zoo has been growing plants in ponds, behind the scenes, which will be used to re-stock the canal once the habitat improvement works are completed.
Chris John, national ecologist at the Trust said: “The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its range of aquatic plants and is also home to a range of other wildlife including mallards and moorhens to dragonflies and kingfishers.
“Thanks to the funding from SITA and the help of volunteers we can re-establish Luronium natans and try to help return this SSSI back to its previous condition, creating a beautiful canal for people to enjoy.”
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
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