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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.
Our Education ‘Explorers’ are excited to announce the arrival of brand new family fun resources at the National Waterways Museum.
Families and school groups are now able to borrow Explorer backpacks to help them discover the museum site. The backpacks contain activities children can do around the site along with objects and resources they need to complete them.
Helen Evans, our Education Co-ordinator said 'We have developed the backpacks in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council with thanks to funding from Arts Council England. The museum is a great place for families to enjoy and explore together and the backpacks are designed in a way to do just that,' said Helen.
'Families can explore engineering and focus on social history whilst using the enclosed magnifying glass, spy book, slate and chalk, nut and bolts set and the battle of the boats card set,' Helen added.
The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port is open all year round and showcases the history of the canals and the lives and times of the people who worked on them. A collection of canal boats can be seen at the museum, with several open for visitors.
The latest information on all that is happening at the museum can be found on its Facebook page facebook.com/NationalWaterways Museum or by visiting the website canalrivetrust.org.uk/NWM
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways
See the Nottingham Beeston Canal in a new light this February
12 February 2018
Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
9 February 2018
Elland Bridge re-build shortlisted for engineering award
7 February 2018