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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
“It was heart-warming to see everyone out working together.” Ecologist at the Trust, Phillippa Baron teamed up with volunteers on Saturday 23 January to help clear up after the Boxing Day floods.
I was actually on my honeymoon over Christmas so the first thing I knew about the floods was when my friend put some photos up on facebook. The photos showed the Calder & Hebble in flood, and it was a stretch that I’d been working on just a couple of weeks before to survey a particular rare aquatic plant called Luronium - which the Calder & Hebble has a good population of. I obviously wondered what impact the floods would have had.
I live in Leeds not far from the river, but luckily we escaped any flood damage ourselves. It was a shock though to come back from holiday and see everything that had happened. So much had changed in just a short space of time.
It was good to get stuck in and help with the clean-up efforts on Saturday. It was all hands on deck. I joined in with the volunteers working in Elland. Seeing the towpath all ripped up from the flooding was terrible. A piece of tarmac the size of a car had been ripped upside down!
We set to work laying a new path so that people could actually walk from A to B. Other people picked up litter, and there was a group of people re-building the drystone walls. I’d say there was about 100 people all in all. A really fantastic turnout.
It was a really busy and positive day. Lots of local people came and gave their time to help us. Even people who hadn’t had any previous involvement with us as an organisation. There were families with children, and we had tea and coffee available. Everyone worked really hard.
Last date edited: 4 March 2016