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Work for us
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.
Scouts from the 1st Middleton Scout Group have been out on the towpath at Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire, assisting us spruce up the Grand Union Canal to ensure that it is a great place for local people to visit .
Working with us the young people, who are aged between 10 and 14, have been busy painting lock gates and fences and cutting back overgrown bushes along the towpath as part of The Scout Association’s A Million Hands initiative. This valuable work helps us care for the waterways and keep them looking neat and tidy for the thousands of visitors who enjoy a visit to the waterways in Northamptonshire every year.
Emily Nicolas, from the Trust, said: "The Scouts have really made an improvement to this part of the canal and I hope local people notice the difference they’ve made. Together we’ve worked hard to ensure that local people have an amazing canal to visit. Being surrounded by greenery and nature can really make a difference and brighten up someone’s day."
Samantha Bradford, from the 1st Middleton Scout group, said: "The Scouts love being out on the canal and getting stuck into a project and it’s great to know that what we do can make a difference. The A Million Hands initiative is about making practical improvement to boost the wellbeing of local people, and with the work we’re doing, I hope more local people visit the canals and escape, just for a few moments, the business of everyday life."
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
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