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.
Have you discovered the hidden world on your doorstep?
Did you know our canals and rivers are open all day, and all year-round for everyone to enjoy? You’ve probably walked past them and over them hundreds of times without giving them a second thought.
Step onto one of our towpaths and you’ll discover a hidden world where thousands of people live, work and play in every way imaginable. Find a buzzing bar on a boat, floating yoga lessons or an entire orchestra drifting through the centre of Birmingham.
Visit one of our canals and rivers and you’ll see the places you thought you knew from a brand new perspective. What are you waiting for? Join the people already in the know and explore the hidden world on your doorstep.
Learn something new
There are plenty of opportunities to grow your grey matter by the water
From cycling to kayaking and even yoga there’s something for everyone down by the canal
Explore the different ways our canals can help you pamper yourself this autumn
Eating and drinking
Make your way to one of our waterside eateries
Unleash your creativity
Look to the water for inspiration
Arts and culture
You don't need to visit a museum to see some world-class art
Find your own hidden world
We've put together a guide to some of our favourite places to visit by the water. Find out what's been hiding on your doorstep