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.
Canals offer many different things to different people. To Brian Emmott, local artist and volunteer on the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal, it gives him the chance to work outdoors helping the community - and all from his motorised wheelchair.
I turn out every Thursday to join the Towpath Taskforce volunteer group in trimming the towpath hedges and picking up litter. I use a motorised wheelchair, so I clip away at the lower bits and others do the top.
Sometimes I get carried away and stay out well past the end of the task; time slips by as I get so involved. It’s important for my wellbeing to get into the fresh air and be physically working.
I’m also a keen amateur artist and I repainted the mural on the side of the Maunsel Lock café with some help from friends at my art club. I started in April 2016 and it took me a year to do.
One half of the mural gives a flavour of times gone by and is in black and white. It includes a barge carrying hay and bombers flying over pillboxes. The other half is in colour showing people enjoying walking and cycling the canal among other activities.
It was painted 15 years ago, but no one knows who did it. It had faded badly (see pic above) so I offered to repaint it using acrylics. I kept to the original design but brightened the colours and coated it in preservative to keep out the weather.
Now that I’m retired I paint a lot using watercolours. The mural has pushed me into trying acrylics for portrait painting. I also sometimes sketch on the towpath and on my annual holiday when I skipper a narrow boat.
The canal really has had a good impact on my life.
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Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Last date edited: 5 February 2018