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.
Our regional waterways stretch across the UK, and here you can find out what all the teams are doing, what exciting volunteering opportunities they have and any meetings or partnership vacancies currently on your local canals and rivers.
Boasting everything from powerful tidal rivers to sleepy wildlife-rich canals, this area offers unique opportunities to waterside communities, businesses and visitors.
Kennet & Avon
Whether it's the 87 mile-long Kennet & Avon or the 13 mile-long Bridgwater & Taunton Canals, these green corridors cut a path through some of the most spectacular scenery in the south-west.
The London area, including Paddington and the Olympic Park stretches from the Upper Grand Union to the River Stort. With inner-city and suburban areas enjoying these beautiful waterways.
Manchester, Pennine & Potteries
Through Manchester, Cheshire, across the Pennines and down into the Potteries, water flows from dense major towns to open countryside, wild and dramatic. Our waterways offer both a lively city experience and wonderful countryside.
Covering Yorkshire and Teeside, our diverse waterway links major urban city centres with the tranquility of the countryside; wonderful hiddens gems of our canal history can be found here in the north east.
North Wales & Borders
From wide agricultural vistas to rolling hills and valleys, our waterway, rich with history and structural phenomenons passes through some of the most rural counties in England and Wales.
The north-west waterway links urban city centres and the picturesque countryside, spanning borders of Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancaster and Yorkshire.
The South East is home to a range of canals, embracing Herts, Bucks, Northampton, Leicester, Warwick and Oxford; rich in both picturesque hamlets and large urban regions.
South Wales & Severn
Stretching from north Worcestershire down to the commercial port of Sharpness and over to Swansea and the magnificent rural Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, our waterways are arguably the most diverse across England and Wales.
From the busy areas of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and the Black Country to the rural characterful South Staffordshire and Warwickshire, these waterways boast a wonderfully diverse environment.