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.
With over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers to care for, find out more about what it's like being one of our towpath rangers.
Towpath rangers are the eyes and ears of your local waterway. A friendly face who is happy to chat to towpath visitors including boaters, walkers and cyclists when needed.
They regularly walk or cycle along their towpath patch, spotting anything they think we should be aware, such as a fence that needs repairing.
But it's a varied role that can include:
Dick's Regent's Canal
Meet Dick, our national towpath ranger
Richard, the volunteer towpath ranger
Richard Higginbottom is a lead towpath ranger and our resident expert on the Regent’s Canal
1 April 2018
various locations along the rivers Lee & Stort
Customer service, Practical, Recording and monitoring
Volunteer Towpath Rangers are part of the Canal & River Trust’s team working to manage the growth in popularity of walking and cycling on London’s towpaths. They are friendly faces who are happy to answer questions about the local area, how to stay safe on the towpath and above all encourage everyone...
Grand Union Canal Paddington Arm, Alperton to Southall
Outdoors, Practical, Recording and monitoring, Regularly, Working with visitors
River Lee, Tottenham to Ponders End
Grand Union Canal Slough Arm
Gloucester, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Gloucestershire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Towpath Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy to chat to towpath users including boaters, walkers and cyclists when needed. On your regular (weekly or more often) walks along your towpath patch, you’ll get to spot anything you think we should be aware of too...
Join our Towpath Taskforce teams
Our teams of regular volunteers meet up and down the country to help us care for their local waterway. Join us today
We'd love to tell you more
Our newsletter is packed full of exciting updates and stories of how our work has helped local people and communities. Sign up today, and join us for the journey
Last date edited: 28 February 2018