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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've started a project to rebuild a volunteer hut along the popular South Stratford Canal in Wilmcote, Warwickshire after it was vandalised and almost burnt to the ground last summer.
The hut, which was built in the late 1990s, was used as a shelter and storage space for our volunteer lock keepers. The building was so badly damaged in the fire that sections of it need to be completely rebuilt.
Ian Lane, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “Our volunteers and local staff worked really hard to make the hut a nice place to enjoy a relaxing tea break so it’s heart-breaking to know that someone thought it would be a clever idea to burn it down. Not only is it a pointless thing to have done but we have also had to pay for it to be rebuilt, using money that could have been put to better use repairing and maintaining our canals.”
Paul Roache, volunteer lock keeper, said “We really missed our hut last summer and are looking forward to having it back. We were shocked that anyone could be so callous and destroy a building that is an important feature of the local canal and helps us provide a service to visiting boaters.
“One of the advantages of our rebuild is we’ve managed to install a 'bat brick' to try and encourage our local nocturnal wildlife to live within the roof space - so something positive has come out of a sad act of arson.”
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
15 March 2018