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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.
During a recent European Parliament session a Dutch MEP raised the prospect of a Directive that has the potential to add a tier of unnecessary bureaucracy for boat owners.
The request for an additional Directive came during a committee discussion over an existing straightforward Recreational Craft Directive which covers boat manufacturing and the requisite safety and emissions standards.
In discussions around this Directive a Dutch MEP proposed the following:
This amendment if unchallenged would have major implications for all UK boaters as it introduces the idea of compulsory driving-type licences for boaters, compulsory checks on boats and threatens the supply of red diesel.
The Canal & River Trust is contacting EU and UK politicians and officials to register its concern that this approach would cause unnecessary cost for the boating community and should be rejected at the earliest stage possible.
We would also urge boaters, canal societies and boating companies to engage with the Inland Waterways Association campaign on this issue and write to your local MEP flagging-up the issue and asking them to lobby Malcolm Harbour MEP the Chair of the committee discussing the Directive.
The relevant information can be found at: https://www.waterways.org.uk/news_campaigns/campaign_news/european_union_amendment_threatens_uk_boating
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