Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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're calling on people across Yorkshire to support the region’s canals by becoming a volunteer lock keeper.
An iconic role, volunteer lock keepers act as ‘the face of the waterway’, not only assisting boaters through the locks but also engaging with people using the towpaths. They may also take part in other volunteering activities which help the smooth running of the UK’s canals and rivers.
With some 1,580 locks nationwide, 3.8 million ‘lockings’ (passages through locks) each year, and over 32,000 boats using the canals, it’s a busy job and an integral part of the visitor experience.
Mike Grout, 67, has been a volunteer lock keeper with us since 2015. He says there are many enjoyable aspects to the role and encourages people to get involved.
"It’s a really interesting job – operating something that was built back in the Georgian era is particularly special and we also do other things to look after the canals, like litter picking, painting and gardening," he said.
"I get to meet lots of interesting people – not just boaters but the walkers and cyclists on the towpath too. I work within a team of three volunteer lock keepers and we always have a great time – I’ve made new friends whilst being able to give something back to the community and being outside in the fresh air."
We're seeking volunteer lock keepers across West and South Yorkshire for locks on the Calder & Hebble, Aire & Calder and the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations in:
Becca Dent, our volunteering development coordinator commented: "Lock keepers are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways so we need enthusiastic, friendly people to keep it alive. It’s the ideal role for anyone who wants to work outdoors and do something hands-on, and also a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and give something back to your community.
"Our Leeds Open Weekend on 3rd and 4th of February, where we’re opening up a drained canal lock that’s undergoing repairs, will be a great way for anyone interested to find out more and meet some of our volunteer lock keepers in action."
Leeds Open Weekend details can be found at: Leeds Open Weekend (Aire & Calder Navigation)
Further information on volunteer lock keeper opportunities with us are available through the link below. Anyone over 18 and able to give a day a week is welcome to apply. The deadline is early February, with the role expected to commence in April, following training and induction sessions.
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
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
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