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.
Would you like to join the volunteer teams at our wonderful museums and attractions? It takes a lot of people to maintain our waterways heritage and make sure these historic destinations are great places to visit. Find out how you can get involved.
Our marvellous museums and amazing attractions have dedicated teams of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to bring them to life. We are so proud of what they have achieved.
However, as a charity, we can only stretch so far. So we need you to get involved with all sorts of jobs.
Whether you want to be a museum helper, lock keeper, help wildlife, learn more about canal heritage, become one of our Explorer education volunteers or take on more of an office-based role, there’s bound to be one of our volunteer opportunities to suit you.
Volunteers also help out on our reception desks and gift shops, aboard our boats and maintaining our internal displays. Elsewhere, our team cuts the grass, clears the woods, greases the lock mechanisms, paints the benches and gets stuck in with many more important jobs. We couldn’t continue to care for our wonderful waterways without them.
Whatever your interests and experience we'd love to hear from you. Take a look at our volunteer opportunities below, or search for a role near you
Norbury, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire
At key locations around the country, we’re establishing visitor ‘welcome’ stations and you could be at the heart of this welcome.
Anderton Boat Lift, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire
Here at the Trust we have people and nature at the heart of everything we do, and we would like to see more people enjoying the waterways in a variety of ways.
We are looking for volunteers to help out at events that take place in or around Anderton Boat Lift, activities range from help setting up and clear down, craft days, fun days, safety rangering.
Trevor, Llangollen Canal, Denbighshire
We are looking for volunteers to help out at events that take place in or around Trevor Basin Visitor Centre, activities range from help setting up and clear down, craft days, fun days, safety rangering. We are looking for volunteers to either lead or support others on some of our Event days, these will be spreadout through out the year and will vary in nature. Your participation can be arrange around your commitments, if you are available on any of the Event days then fantastic, if not you may be available for a future event.
Trevor Basin Visitor Centre & Pontcysyllte Aqueduct , Llangollen Canal, Denbighshire
Join our monthly World Heritage Site Towpath Taskforce working on the historic waterway in the heart of North Wales. The third Wednesday 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 working on access improvements, 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.
Standedge Visitor Centre
Join our fantastic team of education volunteers based at Standedge Tunnel. Our education volunteers lead visits for primary school groups and make sure every aspect of a visit runs smoothly, from greeting the coach at Marsden Train Station at the beginning of the day to waving goodbye at the end. We are looking for volunteers who can support our education programme by working with other team members to deliver interactive education sessions focusing on local history, habitats and water safety to children mainly aged 7 – 11 years old. This role requires you to commit to between 3 and 4 days per month during school hours. Find out more about our Explorers resources here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers
Northwich, River Weaver, Cheshire
Join our fantastic team of education volunteers based at the Anderton Boat Lift. Our education volunteers lead visits for primary school groups and make sure every aspect of a visit runs smoothly, from greeting the coach at the beginning of the day to waving goodbye at the end. We are looking for volunteers who can support our education programme by working with other team members to deliver interactive education sessions focusing on history, art and science to children mainly aged 7 – 11 years old. This role requires you to commit to between 3 and 4 days per month during school hours.
Northgate, Chester, Shropshire Union Canal
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.
Anderton Boat Lift
Anderton Boat lift near Northwich in Cheshire is a master piece of Industrial engineering fully restored to operational use and today a major visitor destination. You will be working as part of a small team regularly carrying out a variety of general grounds maintenance tasks such as cutting grass, planting borders, edging, weed removal and painting. You will have face to face contact with guests on a daily basis and will be able to deal with basic enquiries and contribute to the guests overall enjoyment of their visit.
This opportunity is based withing a small but busy team located in the Booking Office at Andeton Visitor Centre. The team deal with a varied routine on a day to day basis ranging from basic administration duties such as customer correspondence & data entry to providing a welcoming service to our large coach tours to attending trade shows & assisting with stock control & delivery.
This role will assist with the smooth operations of the commercial (Retail & Catering) aspects of the business. The task is a varied role covering all areas of customer service from front of house sales & revenue generation to food service & preparation to cleaning & stock control. As a visitor assistant, you will be part of a small but busy team and will assist in ensuring that all our visitors receive the best possible service though out their experience and wherever possible always striving to exceed their expectations.
If you love working with children and enjoy being outdoors join our brand new team of education volunteers at the stunning Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage site and lead exciting and inspiring educational visits for primary schools and uniform groups. Education volunteers will lead sessions that extend from the classroom to the waterside, and include everything from explaining how canals were built to helping children to be safe by the water. Sessions will also include the wonderful wildlife, history and characters within the World Heritage Site.
The 11 mile World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal encompass 168 heritage features along the Llangollen Canal from Horseshoe Falls to Chirk Aqueduct. It straddles two counties – Wales and England – and three counties – Wrexham, Denbighshire and Shropshire. The role involves being on hand to talk to visitors at the Visitors Centre, increasing their understanding of the exhibits and local area as well as enlightening them to the work that the Canal & River Trust carries out and inform them about the what, where, when and why of your local waterway.
Audlem, Shropshire Union Canal, Cheshire
Join our monthly Audlem Towpath Taskforce working in the picturesque village of Audlem. The second Saturday of the month is Taskforce day and this is a great opportunity 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 flight of locks. All you need to bring is suitable clothing for practical outdoor working, a packed lunch, hot drink, and a smile.
Gloucester, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Gloucestershire
We are looking for volunteers who love working with children and would like to encourage them to explore our canals and rivers – in schools, on the towpath, through our website, at waterside events or in museums. We are looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school and informal group requests as required and who can commit to at least 3 or 4 days a month. We try and give you at least 2 weeks’ notice of a visit. Often several sessions will take place in one school or waterside location in a day normally from about 9am – 3.30pm
Join the team at the 'Cathedral of the Canals'
Tucked away in the heart of Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal is one of our treasured secrets
There are flights of locks all over our network – but not like Foxton
National Waterways Museum
We are home to the nation’s designated collection of canal, river and waterways history
National Waterways Museum, Gloucester
Old dock buildings house new museums, shops and cafes making it a great place to visit
There’s a very good reason why our stream in the sky – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Join the team at the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in the country
Join Towpath Taskforce
If you can only get involved every so often why not join one of our Towpath Taskforce days?
Last date edited: 19 February 2018