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.
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.
Along with our waterway partnership we are guardians of these very precious waters, and we believe every individual should be entitled to create special memories on and around our waterways.
We are incredibly proud of the canals and rivers we manage between Great Haywood, Stoke, Kidsgrove, Huddersfield, Sowerby Bridge and Greater Manchester. We also enjoy our magnificent Standedge Tunnel, one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways.
Book your passage
You can book your passage through Standedge Tunnel online now or call 03030 404040 and ask for Standedge Tunnel passage bookings
Planning an event on this waterway?
Institution of Civil Engineers series on Making Manchester – the Venice of the North
Jean Sprackland was commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival and the Canal & River Trust to write a cycle of poems inspired by a boating weekend along the Peak Forest Canal from Whaley Bridge to central Manchester. The resulting poems, Lock Songs, were performed at a special event at Hope Mill Theatre on 23 October 2016 as part of the Manchester Literature Festival. You can read the poems by clicking on the link above. Listen to audio recordings of Jean reading the poems here.
Lock Songs by Jean Sprackland
We're putting people, communities and heritage at the heart of a major Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid to fund a five-year partnership project entitled ‘Calder Valley Rising’ and asking people to have their say on shaping the content of the bid. Find out more here.
Manchester, Pennine & Potteries Waterway Partnership Meeting March 2018
22 March 2018, 9am to 1pm
Manchester, Pennine & Potteries Waterway Partnership Meeting July 2018
12 July 2018, 9am to 1pm
Manchester, Pennine & Potteries Waterway Partnership Meeting September 2018
13 September 2018, 9am to 1pm