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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.
We're asking community groups, schools, and local businesses to play their part in ensuring a bright future for the historic Kennet & Avon Canal and Bridgewater & Taunton Canal.
The Kennet & Avon Waterways Partnership has produced a draft plan for improving the waterways over the next decade.
The prospectus looks at how the waterways can contribute to all areas of day-to-day life throughout Berkshire, Wiltshire and Somerset, including attracting jobs and tourism, promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing education opportunities for local schools.
The Partnership now wants to hear what you think about the future of the waterways and is holding an annual public meeting on Thursday, 5 December at Donnington Grove Country Club, Newbury (RG14 2LA). Partnership members, staff and the Trust’s chief executive, Richard Parry, and trustee Jane Cotton, will be attending.
Tamsin Phipps, chair of the Trust’s Kennet & Avon Waterways Partnership, said; “The Bridgewater & Taunton Canal and Kennet & Avon Canal – including the River Avon in the west and River Kennet to the east – are among the most popular anywhere in the country, and home to some truly beautiful locations. They offer something for everyone, whether you are a boater, canoeist, wildlife lover, heritage enthusiast, a walker or cyclist.
“The waterways have huge potential to improve even more and in the future we want them to be right at the heart of the communities they run through. This means working together with local people and organisations wherever we can. Our prospectus sets out how we think we should do this and we now want to hear want people think of our ideas, so that together we can come up with a plan for how to develop the waterways over the next decade.”
Read the prospectus
Please give us your views by 20 December by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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