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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 working with volunteers at Audlem locks on the Shropshire Union Canal trialing a new approach to keeping the waterway spick and span.
Three different groups of volunteers are keeping the area on track with a team effort.
Volunteer leader, Dek Owen was one of the first volunteers to come forward to work with us six years ago. He has since earned the accolade of ‘National Volunteer of the Year’, awarded by waterways magazine Towpath Talk.
He started as a volunteer lock keeper and towpath ranger and has now built up a regular team of up to a dozen volunteers who turn their hands to everything from painting and lock repairs to towpath maintenance and helping boaters.
A couple of times a year they are joined by his colleagues from Network Rail where his day job keeps him busy as a signal engineer. This major workforce boost means we can tackle bigger jobs like re-laying the towpath surface around busy beauty spots such as the quayside outside the Shroppie Fly pub.
We also have help from the ADAPT group of volunteers, led by Adrian Leighton, who formally adopted a stretch of canal bank by Lock 15 to turn it into a garden. Regular volunteers often lend a hand weeding and planting in the garden which grows a variety of flowers, fruit and vegetables.
Duncan Davenport, local customer operations manager said: “The ADAPT gardeners and Dek Owen and his volunteering colleagues do a wonderful job. It’s fantastic to see just what can be achieved when a group of like-minded people join forces to put their efforts behind such a worthwhile project.
“The teams are always happy to welcome new volunteers to join their ranks. There are plenty of opportunities to make a real difference and help our boating customers safely navigate the 15 lock Audlem flight.
“Our volunteers have become known far and wide and the Trust often receives emails and letters from customers saying how much they appreciate their work and their assistance through the demanding lock flight.”
Coinciding with National Volunteer Week at the beginning of June, a combined workforce of Canal & River Trust staff, volunteers and Network Rail employees managed to re-instate more than 200-metres of towpath, paint four locks, clear two drains and patch repair dozens of pot holes.
Find out how you can volunteer with us and make a difference to your local community
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