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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
16 December 2017
Northgate Locks, Shropshire Union Canal, Chester
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Join our monthly Chester Towpath Taskforce working on the historic waterway in the heart of this historic city. The last Saturday of the month is Taskforce day and this is a great opportunnity to join a friendly, lively and active group of volunteers. We could be lock painting, bulb planting, gardening, hedge laying or doing one of many other tasks where you can learn some new skills and help to make a big difference to this wonderful waterway. All you need to bring is suitable clothing for practical outdoor working, a packed lunch, hot drink, and a smile.
A chance to learn some new skills, make new friends, get fit, have fun and feel satisfied with a great days work at the same time as helping us to care for this wonderful historic canal in the heart of Chester.
No skills are required. All tools and tuition in their use, informal skills training and information on the heritage and wildlife are provided in a safe working environment.
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