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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We've just appointed a new member to the South East Waterway Partnership, who will get involved and provide advice on how the canals in the South East are used and looked after.
We have over 250 miles of waterways in the South East so it’s great that we have a representative with an interest in and local knowledge of Oxfordshire who can help us make the most of the waterways in his home county.
Ken Atack, a Cherwell District Councillor, had a career of 40 years in the UK banking sector before retirement and is currently the council’s lead member for financial management.
With an interest in community issues Ken represents constituents from Claydon to the outskirts of Banbury in North Oxfordshire. He is keen to encourage tourism in local towns and rural communities that are located alongside the canal as well as promote the region’s canal network to the thousands of people and numerous businesses that benefit from the waterways.
Cherwell District Council has recently created a conservation area covering the Oxford Canal which evidences the historical context and local importance of the waterway.
Ken has a keen interest in waterways and lives with his wife Sandra near Cropredy in a house once lived in and used to make ropes by George Eaves for use on the Oxford Canal in the 19th Century.
Ken said: “I am thrilled at the prospect of being part of the South East Waterway Partnership. I’m looking forward to helping shape local decisions, advise on the development of the waterways and come up with new ideas and projects that will hopefully encourage more people and boaters to visit the region’s wonderful canals.”
John Best, chair of the South East Waterway Partnership, said: “I am delighted Ken has joined us on the South East partnership. We have over 250 miles of waterways in the South East so it’s great that we have a representative with an interest in and local knowledge of Oxfordshire who can help us make the most of the waterways in his home county.”
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