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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 launching our 2018 National Boat Owners’ Views Survey, which is sent out to a third of our boat licence holders, and we're calling on boaters to share their thoughts and feelings about their experience of the waterways.
This March we will be asking around a third of boaters for their opinions on a range of topics including: how boaters use our waterways and what their experience of them is like; the services provided for boaters such as moorings, facilities and the licence renewal process; the ways they would like to receive information; and their views on how well they feel we are caring for the waterways.
Jon Horsfall, our interim head of boating said: "We value boaters’ knowledge and it helps us plan our work so we can prioritise where to make improvements. The Boat Owners’ View Survey allows boaters to give us in-depth feedback about what’s working on the waterways and what needs extra attention. It can highlight where things like facilities could be improved across the country, areas that offer a particularly great boating experience, spots that could do with a bit of dredging, and how smooth it is to carry out necessary admin like licensing a boat. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
"The survey gives us a chance to see how the way boaters use the waterways is changing, whether it’s a growth in the percentage of boaters living aboard or a change in the average number of miles a boat cruises in a typical day. We also ask for optional, confidential, information that can help when we approach government and councils to highlight boaters’ needs.
"The Boat Owners’ Views Survey is the chance for boaters to have their say and I’d encourage everyone who gets the survey – a third of our licence holders this year – to take part."
The online survey is accessed via a link in an email or letter (where the Trust does not hold email addresses) which is being sent to a third of the charity’s boat licence holders. Our aim is to have contacted most boaters on our waters over a three-year cycle. Boaters will have until 7 April 2018 to complete the survey.
Boaters who have received a link but would prefer to complete a paper version of the survey can contact the customer service team on 0303 040 4040
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