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.
We're celebrating our fifth birthday with a further growth in support. Read more about how the Trust has created living waterways, transformed places and enriched lives in 2016-17.
It's that time of year again when we can reflect on the past 12 months. A time to once again celebrate all the hard work, extraordinary passion and determination shown by everyone in the Trust, our volunteers and partners, whose dedication to these precious 200-year old waterways, ensure they will be used and enjoyed by generations far into the future.
Since launching in 2012, we have made a valuable contribution to the waterways and communities we serve. Take a look at some of the highlights:
Read the full Annual Report 2016-17
For an in-depth look at our achievements over the past 12 months, read our full Annual Report
“We have been able to increase the amount of money we can spend on the waterways which has seen a huge output by staff and volunteers alike. Accordingly, we beat our target for unplanned navigation closures with a further reduction year-on-year."
Richard Parry, chief executive
The Trust is unusual in the charity sector as it generates around 60% of its income from commercial sources with just over 1% from donations. It also receives a large proportion of its total income from reliable income sources.
Our spend on charitable activities continues to grow, as it has done in every year since the Trust was created. Much of the increase this year relates to the Waterway regeneration and restoration works performed following the winter floods.
Our investment portfolio has had a very strong performance this year with property continuing to outperform its IPD benchmark at total return level and the non-property investment portfolio returned significantly ahead of the CPI+5% target.
We want more people to discover the pleasures of time spent on or besides canals and rivers. We know that life is better by the water, and that our waterways have the potential to support local communities today and tomorrow.
Grantham Canal restoration
The restoration of lock 15 on the beautiful Grantham Canal is the first volunteer-led major construction project ever delivered by the Trust, and a demonstration of just what can be achieved
Skyway Community Garden
An area in Hackney has been totally transformed by local charity Skyway, in association with the Trust, into a new restorative community garden
Super Slow Way
The Arts Council England-funded Super Slow Way went from strength to strength in 2016, and brought an artistic flavour to the bicentenary celebrations for the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
St Pancras Lock
In February we ran a showcase Open Weekend at St Pancras Lock to give members of the public a unique glimpse into the workings of the waterways and the people who keep them flowing
Living Waterways Awards
Our annual awards celebrate the many, often unsung, people and projects that help to make the UK’s canals, rivers, docks and lakes so vibrant
In March, with the support of our volunteers, we completed a major overhaul of the lighting in Sharpness Dock moving to low carbon, energy efficient LED lighting
Read our Annual Report in Welsh
Read the Welsh language version of our 2016-17 Annual Report
Last date edited: 23 July 2017