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.
Whatever the weather, our waterways are very popular with thousands of people visiting every year. With every season we urge all of you to be careful and safe around water - here you can find more information about what you can do to help.
We are urging visitors to remember that although they may be fit and strong on land, you can’t train your body for the shocks of unseen dangers under the water. The risks include:
Water safety FAQs
Find out what to do if your dog gets into the water, or if you see someone struggling to get out. We've put together some FAQs for you to read
Get your boat prepared for winter
Read more about how you can get your boat ready for the cold weather.
Water safety for kids
Make learning about safety easy for kids.
Water safety for anglers
Read the fisheries and angling blog about water safety
Water safety for boaters
Check out our boaters' handbook for a guide on water safety for boaters
Share the space, drop the pace
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water we have a towpath code which helps keep our towpaths friendly and safe for all those who visit
Last date edited: 14 November 2017