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.
As you may be aware, back in 2015 the Macclesfield Canal was the first canal ever to be awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award for its entire 26 mile stretch, from Marple, through Higher Poynton to Kidsgrove.
This was a very proud and monumental achievement for all involved, from the dedication of our volunteers, communities and staff without which none of this would have been possible.
Since then, our Macclesfield Canal has been joined by our Peak Forest Canal and our Marple Aqueduct was awarded a Green Heritage Award in 2017.
Many of you will be more familiar with Green Flags and their association with parks and green spaces. The Green Flag scheme sets the national standard and provides a high level quality against which such spaces are measured. It encourages high environmental and management standards and sets the benchmark of excellence for recreational green areas.
We believe by having a Green Flag it:
Please take our short survey here so you can help us build on and enhance our management plan for the coming years. As a charity, we need you and your community to get involved, feel proud and support the achievements already made. The survey takes around 10 minutes and you don't have to leave any contact details if you don’t want to. Thank you for your time.
2017 Green Flag Awards
Find out which of our canals have won a Green Flag Award this year
Find our more about our Green Flag Award winning 'Mac' canal - its history and its towpath treasures
Peak Forest Canal
Take a peak at the Green Flag Award winning Peak Forest Canal, including the Green Heritage award winning Marple Aqueduct
Free places to visit
Go green and explore all our picturesque places to visit along our waterways by downloading our free map guides now
Would you like to join forces with the many volunteers and groups in your local area and help your local community retain the Green Flag? There are many opportunities to get involved:
Last date edited: 19 July 2017