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.
The waterways in London are inspiring places to visit with kids. Get down to your local canal or river with one of our free fun-packed local map and activity sheets.
The Canal & River Trust's waterways in London have many features to interest and delight adults and children alike. Fascinating local history, beautiful architecture from the last two centuries, wildlife, the colourful canal boats... there's so much to enjoy!
Click on the link to download your fun-packed local map and activity sheet:
Brentford Gauging Lock, Brentford, TW8 8HP
Brentford Gauging Lock was once one of the busiest places on The Grand Union Canal. Today, Brentford Lock is a great place for a walk and cycle.
Green Lane, Hanwell, W7 2PJ
The Grand Union Canal was once a busy industrial waterway connecting London with the Midlands. Today, Hanwell Flight of Locks is a great place for a country walk.
Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre (P&D), Denham Court Drive, Denham, UB9 5PG
Not far from the M40 and urban life is Denham Deep Lock. Located on the Grand Union Canal that passes through Denham Country Park, it's a great place for a country walk.
Aboyne Road, London, NW10 OEX
Surrounded by buildings and fast roads, Brent Reservoir is an oasis of water, greenery and calm. It's just the place to escape the bustle of urban life.
Central St Martins, London, N1C 4AA
Sandwiched between King's Cross and St Pancras railway stations is the Regent's Canal. It's an unexpected oasis of calm and peace amid the hectic pace of long distance rail travel.
Bow Wharf, Wennington Road, Bow, E3 5SN
Come and watch the amazing transformation of Old Ford Locks and Bow Wharf. The area has undergone significant changes with the development of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Limehouse Basin, Goodhart Place, E14 8BT
Limehouse is the gateway between the River Thames and over 2,000 miles of navigable canals. Once a dock, today it's a marina, home to narrowboats, yachts and visiting ocean-going pleasure craft.
Three Mills Lane, London, E3 3DU
Surround yourself in East London's gritty history and enjoy some lovely views when you take a trip to Three Mills. You may even catch one of the many events and performances which take place throughout the year at Three Mills Island.
Graham Street, Islington, N1 8GJ
Ten years ago City Road Basin was almost derelict. Now being regenerated with canal side houses, businesses and a landscaped park, it's a great place for a walk, cycle or jog.
Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QS
Winding its way through Harlow, the River Stort Navigation was once a thriving commercial route for barges carrying grain to Bishop's Stortford. Today, it's a great route for country walks.
Station Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3BL
Once an important market town and a coaching stop, Bishop's Stortford retains many historical features and is an ideal place to explore the river valley and the countryside.
Thames Lock, London
Thames Lock is the western junction between the Grand Union Canal and the tidal River Thames at Brentford.
Last date edited: 29 June 2017