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.
There are seven awards for the taking. Find out more about each category.
Led by an independent panel of experts from the voluntary, environmental, arts, heritage, engineering and architecture sectors, the Living Waterways Awards celebrate the fantastic work done by individuals, communities and organisations to improve their canals, rivers, lochs and lakes making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.
Art & InterpretationTell us how you are bringing the story of our waterways (the history or natural environment) to life in new and exciting ways. This could be through performance, arts, learning materials or engaging signage, which raises awareness of our canals and rivers, their purpose and relevance today.
Community & VolunteeringWe want to recognise communities or volunteer groups who have made a real difference to the public’s enjoyment and experience of our canals and rivers.
Contribution to the built environmentNominate the excellent waterside design & construction projects that are making our canals, rivers, lakes and lochs inspiring places to visit, live and work – this includes sculpture, public realm works, buildings and bridges.
Education & LearningTo recognise projects (and people) that use our waterways in innovative ways to help people learn about our canals and rivers or develop new skills and interests through formal or informal learning opportunities.
Natural environmentProjects that have enhanced the natural environment of our waterways, helped to create new wildlife habitats, protected threatened species or improved the quality of the water.
Recreation & TourismA project that has enhanced the use and enjoyment of our canals and rivers, attracted people to visit, discover and make use of them or a project that has enabled people to develop a healthier lifestyle.
Restoration & Historic EnvironmentThis category will recognise excellent restoration or conservation projects, or work to preserve our historic waterside structures.
Last date edited: 21 March 2016