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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.
A new report published today [11 September] highlights the significant progress made to safeguard and protect England and Wales’ waterway heritage, with 85% of historic structures classed as being in good condition or better.
Our report details strategies used to manage historic and sometimes fragile infrastructure. Of particular note is a new programme to train up young people in heritage skills and the growing role of volunteers in supporting the Trust’s heritage activities.
We are responsible for the care of 2,663 listed buildings and 50 scheduled monuments.
Richard Parry, chief executive at the Trust, said: “Championing and protecting the historic environment of the waterways is a key area of our work and we’re proud of the many historic sites and buildings we have worked on and improved, and of the contribution our volunteers continue to make to our heritage works and projects.
“I would like also to thank our voluntary Heritage Advisory Group, which is ably chaired by Sir Neil Cossons, for their support and advice across a range of issues affecting the waterways and the setting of important heritage assets that are cherished by our customers, local communities and the wider public.”
Sir Neil Cossons, chair of the Heritage Advisory Group, said: “Britain’s network of inland waterways is one of the largest and most important heritage resources in the country. Today the care of this inspiring landscape is the prime responsibility of the Trust who fulfil their obligations in an increasingly discerning and professional way.
“The care of its designated heritage assets is a success story of which the Trust can be proud, but we are all increasingly aware that the network as a whole is a vulnerable asset needing the most sensitive of handling and management. The task ahead for the Trust – and all of us – is to ensure that the value of this precious inheritance is understood and protected.”
Read the full report
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
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018