Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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.
My father had a caravan park so I initially started off buying and selling caravans. Hanbury Wharf came up for sale in 1993 so we bought it. We felt we could broker boats, and then got into running the marina and boat yard services, then promoting and expanding the boat sales. And from that we identified a niche in the market for the production of ‘off the peg’ boats. I set up New Boat Co in 2000.
For New Boat Company the concept we really wanted was to supply a high level of service and after service. So we teamed up with the guys up in Liverpool and started selling ‘sailaways’ to begin with and then we went into building fully-fitted boats which was a great success. This boat we're sitting on now is the Aqualine which has more bespoke elements. But with the Hanbury range, we do from ‘sailaway’ right up to fully fitted, with all the various stages in between. People can personalise their boat and make it very much their own which is like buying a car to some extent. It simplified boating really because I think we'd all over-complicated it.
We have offices in Mercia up in Derby, and we have the marina here at Hanbury Wharf, and we work closely with Droitwich Marina just down the road. We have been focused on widebeam boats, but because the market has moved on, we've been able to get back to narrowboats. It's great to be able to offer those again.
The Droitwich Canal has now been restored, and that's been tremendous - the amount of additional traffic that it's brought to this area is brilliant! You introduce a new canal, even if it's a restored old canal, and it's just exciting, it's great. It's just nice to think of the network getting back to full strength, with all the people coming to the network to really go see what there is to see.
Chris, Hanbury Wharf, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
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