Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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.
Volunteer heritage advisor Terry Halliwell talks about his role with us.
"I now work alongside a great team of people with years of experience in the heritage sector and receive first class advice from my mentor."
I started my working life as an apprentice bricklayer, then went onto teach civil engineering and building at Wigan and Leigh College for twenty two years. Having had a long standing passion for listed buildings and heritage, I decided to undertake a career change and enrolled at UCLAN on an MSc in Architectural Conservation. I completed this course in July 2012 and knew that to gain professional full membership of the IHBC and subsequent employment, I would need some experience in the conservation sector.
When the Canal & River Trust advertised for a volunteer heritage adviser, I thought this would be an excellent way to put in practice what I had learned at university.
I consider myself to be very fortunate; I now work alongside a great team of people with years of experience in the heritage sector and receive first class advice from my mentor Audrey O'Conner who is the heritage advisor for the whole of the Northwest.
We actually get the opportunity to discuss and put in practice the key principles of conservation and the English Heritage National Heritage Protection Plan, which can be very challenging but at the same time rewarding. The Trust is the third largest owner of historic buildings and structures in the country, so there is the potential to work on a variety of buildings and structures.
I am currently involved with two Beehive coke oven projects, which are related to our industrial archaeological past. The work includes site visits, historical research, CAD drawing, meeting sector professionals, liaising with community groups, applying for funding and compiling rapid heritage assessments.
I am given a degree of autonomy and treated no different from other employees. More importantly the work is meaningful, rewarding and is recognised by employers as current experience.
Do we have a role for you?
Could you, like Terry, gain valuable experience in a volunteer role with us? Take a look at our volunteer opportunities today.
Last date edited: 10 July 2015