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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We're inviting visitors with a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard to experience free special heritage events across our waterways in December as part of a nationwide campaign to thank National Lottery players.
The rich industrial heritage of the nation’s canals and rivers has been preserved, and in some cases rescued, by the contribution from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). In just five years, we have been awarded approximately £13 million for 18 heritage projects across the network and, since the start of the National Lottery, the waterways of England and Wales have benefited from tens of millions of pounds towards vital heritage repairs and restoration works.
Now some of the buildings and waterways that have been supported by HLF funding will be offering people the chance to experience waterways heritage first hand, with a variety of free offers and behind the scenes tours. These include:
Come to the Montgomery Canal on Wednesday 13 December for a special behind the scenes tour of the construction of the £1.2m nature reserves at Aston Locks in Oswestry. Book on Eventbrite: Aston nature reserve guided tours
Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, from Brecon Basin to Watton Limekilns which were transformed with a £65,000 grant. Tuesday 12 December, 11am to 12 pm, meeting at Theatr Brycheiniog – Canal Wharf, Brecon Powys, LD3 7EW. Bookings can be made online at Brecon Lime Kilns tickets.
A 6.5-mile circular guided walk on the Pocklington Canal which has received almost £500,000 in HLF funding. Thursday 14 December, 10am to 1pm, meeting outside the Melbourne Arms pub, Main Street, Melbourne Village YO42 4QJ. Bookings can be made online at Pocklington Canal.
Our chief executive, Richard Parry said: "The waterways the Canal & River Trust takes care of lie at the heart of the nation’s heritage. They are the arteries that fuelled the Industrial Revolution and are fantastic examples of working heritage that is still in use today. The buildings, locks, bridges, wharves and aqueducts that we look after need constant care and attention to preserve and, where necessary, repair them.
"The support we’ve received from players of the National Lottery has made a huge difference to some of the most memorable sights on our canals and rivers, as well as less-known but no less loved places. This December we’re saying thank you for the transformations this funding has helped us achieve. Come along and experience for free a taste of what makes our historic waterways so special."
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets"
What's happening near you?
Look at our Local to You pages to find all the latest in your local area, including news, events, stories and details of how you can get involved with our work
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018