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.
We're supporting a national campaign led by the Royal Life Saving Society UK that warns drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.
Waterside bars, pubs and restaurants are great places to spend time both day or night. What beats the lovely view of water when enjoying Sunday lunch and a glass of wine at a canal side pub, picnicking with prosecco by the canal in the summer, or having a few festive beers at a buzzing waterside bar in the centre of a busy city? People in the East Midlands have even been nominating their favourite waterside bar.
However, if you’ve had a few drinks, being by the water has its risks. Walking home in the dark along a towpath is not the best idea, particularly if you’re on your own. If you’ve had one too many and are finding it hard to walk straight you may end up in the water. Nearly a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream.
On all inland waterways (canals, rivers, docks, marinas, quarries, reservoirs), there were 366 accidental drownings involving alcohol and/or drugs in the United Kingdom between 2012-2016, an average of 73 per year. 177 of these were intoxicated walkers and 42% of these people were 17-29 years old. *All statistics are provided by the Royal Life Saving Society UK
Please look out for each other when you’ve had a few drinks and make sure you walk home with friends.
Top tips from the RLSS UK to make sure you all get home safely after a great night out along our lovely waterways:
Visit RLSS UK Don’t Drink and Drown for more details and to see how alcohol affects the body.
We hosted a Facebook Live (watech the video below) at the Aire Bar, which sits alongside the Aire & Calder Navigation in Leeds. We talked about why the Don’t Drink and Drown campaign is so important with RLSS UK, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and Bath Spa University. Thanks to Made in Leeds TV for the loan of their presenter!
Last date edited: 9 January 2018