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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're urging people to take extra care when walking alongside the water’s edge this winter. As the temperature drops and snow falls, the waterways can become icy. It’s important to be alert to the dangers these conditions can present.
With over 100 family friendly waterway destinations to explore, walkers, cyclists, joggers and boaters are being encouraged to stay safe when enjoying a festive visit this Christmas.
At this time of year the waterways are a magical place to visit with frost covered trees and picture postcard scenery. But towpaths, bridges and lock-sides can become slippery and snow can conceal boat mooring rings and ropes which, unless people are paying attention, can be easy to trip over. And while frozen canals look beautiful no-one should ever attempt to walk on or test the thickness of the ice.
Tony Stammers, head of safety at the Canal & River Trust, explains: “Canals and rivers remain popular throughout winter when they provide a frosty escape for walkers, cyclists, anglers and joggers. However the beauty of the waterways in winter, make it easy to forget how dangerous icy towpaths and freezing water can be. Overall, deaths are decreasing on our waterways, but every fatality is one too many.
“We are urging people to continue enjoying their local canal or river at this time of year, but always stay away from the edge of the water, always be alert to potential dangers and always wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the cold and icy weather.”
Each year around 400 people drown in the UK, according to the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the drowning prevention charity, with children and young adults and people under the influence of alcohol among the highest risk groups. But the winter weather currently being experienced brings a higher risk of slips, trips and falls on the towpath or into the water, which everyone can fall victim to.
Families should make sure that young children are kept within sight and are also made aware of the importance of staying away from the edge. Dog walkers are advised to keep dogs on leads during a freeze and never follow their animal into the water.
Another danger is walking along the edge of the water if you have been drinking and are under the influence. Statistics reveal that young people, especially men, are most likely to have an accident after a night on the tiles. It’s important to be extra vigilant and always pre-plan your route home, travel with friends and do not walk home alone.
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
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