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.
Marcus has been volunteering with us for over three years. Over this period his involvement has been ever increasing and the time and effort that he has committed has been substantial.
"He really is a go to guy! We are extremely lucky to have Marcus on board.”
Matt Taylor, volunteer development co-ordinator
Name: Marcus Topham
Volunteer role: Volunteer document management coordinator & lead volunteer /lock keeper
Location: Leeds and other locations across the following regions: North West, North Wales & Borders and Manchester, Pennine & Potteries
Our Volunteering Development Co-ordinator, Alice Kay, tells us more about Marcus:
“Marcus first got involved as a volunteer lock keeper at Bingley Five Rise back in 2013 and later that year he began an additional volunteer role within the waterway engineering team. In 2015 Marcus started volunteering in the document management team due to his extensive professional experience in the field.’
“Marcus is a lead member of the volunteer team that assist staff to man the Bingley 5 rise lock flight. As such he regularly helps the team to move boats up and down the flight, offering exemplary customer service to customers.
“In addition to his lock keeping responsibilities, Marcus has worked very closely with team members on a variety of practical restoration and repair tasks. This included carrying out essential repairs to the Bingley Five Rise lock flight, working closely with our heritage team to ensure that the restoration was aesthetically faithful to the original structures.
“Marcus has taken on additional responsibilities in the last year, leading volunteers in practical works for the Every Mile Counts project as well as becoming a key lead volunteer in the North West Volunteer team. Within this role, he organises volunteer meetings and coordinates ordering necessary kit. He also helps with inducting new volunteers and familiarising them with the local area, as well as leading groups of volunteers to complete various practical tasks.
Matt Taylor, volunteer development co-ordinator adds: “Marcus has been exactly what we’ve needed in the area. He’s friendly, reliable, a problem solver, approachable, a natural leader and always ready to help anyone with anything. He really is a go to guy! We are extremely lucky to have Marcus on board.”
Image shows Marcus along with other team members. Marcus is kneeling on the right hand side.
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Last date edited: 31 May 2017