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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.
Will you help us to look after Wiltshire’s historic Kennet & Avon Canal by joining our monthly Towpath Taskforce volunteering team?
It is a beautiful place to spend a day but we do need help to keep it in the condition it deserves, as well as improving it further in the future.
The Towpath Taskforce team encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of the most important heritage and wildlife habitats along the canal.
The Taskforce meets every third Thursday of the month, at Caen Hill Lock Flight and works from 10am-3pm. The meeting place is Caen Hill pay and display car park (postcode SN10 1RF). Tools and equipment are provided and we ask that volunteers wear protective footwear if possible.
Recent projects completed by the Taskforce include planting wildflowers, clearing overgrowth on the Diamond Jubilee Woodland, painting the locks and cutting back overhanging vegetation from the towpath.
Robert Labus, volunteer co-ordinator for the Canal & River Trust, says: “The Kennet & Avon Canal is one of the most popular waterways anywhere in the country. It is a beautiful place to spend a day but we do need help to keep it in the condition it deserves, as well as improving it further in the future.
“Volunteering with the Towpath Taskforce is a great way to meet other volunteers and learn about the wildlife, history and day-to-day happenings along the canal. We want to see the community take real ownership of the canal. Volunteers don’t need to have any experience, they just need to be willing to get stuck in. And the more people that join us, the more work we can do.”
More details are available from www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/towpathtaskforce.
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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
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