Specialist teams

It takes an awful lot of hard work to make sure that our canals and rivers stay special. This is why we have around 1,600 members of staff and hundreds of volunteers dedicated to making our waterways the best places they can be.

From hydrologists to historians and ecologists to engineers, our experts work together to ensure that every time you step onto the towpath you experience the best the waterways can offer. An enticing natural environment, a refuge where nature and history can exist alongside each other, ready for you to discover.

Browse through the pages in this section of the site to find out more about the teams working behind-the-scenes to make your visit a rewarding one each time you visit.

We maintain 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, which are often over 200 years old, and responsible for an enormous network of bridges, embankments, towpaths, aqueducts, docks and reservoirs and more.