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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.
Volunteers in Stourbridge have created a memorial garden along the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal so local people and boaters have a special place to remember loved ones along the waterways.
The Stewponey Volunteer group, working with a team from the Trust, has designed the garden so loved ones can have a special place to remember those who have passed away whilst enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the waterways.
With a gravel pathway into the garden leading to a newly installed bench, the garden has been planted with a variety of small trees, shrubs and wildflowers which, once matured, will provide colour throughout the year. Being alongside water, with its naturally relaxing atmosphere, the waterside location makes the garden relaxing and wildlife friendly.
Much like a memorial bench seen in local parks and dotted along the canals, family and friends will soon have the opportunity to purchase a memorial plaque from the Trust and place it within the garden as a lasting legacy to a loved one.
Terry Hodgetts, from the Trust, said: "Many people like to have something or somewhere special to go to remember someone and this memorial garden is a perfect quiet spot along the canal where you can do just that.
"The volunteers have cleared the garden area of overgrown trees and really opened up the area so it’s now light and bright. The volunteers working with my team have put a lot of thought into what should go into the garden to make a really lovely calming place to visit and spend some time along the waterways."
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire