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Work for us
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.
Canals and navigable rivers typically have a strong character and identity; a 'sense of place'. This identity can be specific to a certain area, waterway or even a specific length of waterway. These characteristics are important to the built and cultural heritage of the waterway network and are critical to the public’s enjoyment of the waterway corridor.
It is therefore important to recognise and protect this through an assessment of the existing landscape character of the waterway corridor; informing an assessment of the appropriateness of any proposed developments, and the impact of those proposals on the waterway corridor.
We would encourage potential developers to undertake pre-application discussions with us and to include any waterway, towpath and environs lying within the application site edged in red on the location plan.
Each waterside location needs to be considered individually, with no single design approach being appropriate in all locations. There are, however, some guiding principles that can be considered in most waterside sites.
To ensure that all the principles above are properly addressed, developers are encouraged to include the waterway, towpath and environs within their holistic development considerations.
Last date edited: 22 July 2015