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.
The Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch Adopters, to give them their full name, have been putting something back into the canal system they love since 2014.
Five and a half miles of the Middlewich Branch have now been adopted from Barbridge Junction to Morris Bridge 15 at Church Minshull. This is believed to be the longest adoption of navigable canal in England.
Since its formation SUMBA has grown far beyond initial expectations. The group is now helping to carry out the Trust's pre-planned maintenance as well as year round work to improve and maintain the canal's physical and visual environment both on the towpath and offside for the benefit of all users of the canal - boaters, walkers, cyclists, fishermen and the local community etc.
SUMBA has an active volunteer base in excess of 50 people, fairly evenly split between male and female, and up to 25 volunteers attend our work parties three times a month. We also have a contact list of almost 100 supporters, organisations and media who all receive monthly updates and photos from our work parties and progress with our projects.
When asked what they like about volunteering with SUMBA their unanimous answer is: "We enjoy it and it's very rewarding and sociable."
In October 2015, we commenced a twice monthly autumn/winter programme to lay the overgrown hedge opposite Venetian Marina near Cholmondeston Lock. This was a major task, involving three days of professional training courtesy of the Trust, and then laying over 200yds of hedge.
The hedge was finished at the start of March 2016 in time for bird nesting, and result was a significant improvement to the towpath. In May 2016, together with another local hedge-laying project, SUMBA's hedge was shortlisted for a national '2016 Living Waterways Award'. Following judging in June 2016 the project reached the finals and we were pleased to be notified that the project had won second place in its category.
The tasks that SUMBA's volunteers complete are many and very varied - every work party includes something that is suitable for all abilities and ages.
Everyone’s welcome to get involved. They generally get together on the second Saturday of the month, all through the year. But you can find out more about what they’re doing here on their Twitter feed - @sumbacanal, their website or by emailing email@example.com
Love My Stretch
Everyone has their favourite place on the waterways, and we want to hear about yours. Make a donation today through Love My Stretch and you can claim your own special spot for a year
Interested in adopting?
If you'd like to express an interest in adopting a stretch of canal or river, please download and fill in this simple form