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.
Are you looking for inspiring places to visit? In the North East we're proud to have wonderful waterside places to visit where lasting memories are made. Feeding the ducks or just watching the boats is a great way to spend time by the water with your family and friends.
Tees Barrage Way,Tees Barrage,Stockton on Tees,TS18 2QW
If you enjoy watching or doing watersports a visit to Tees Barrage is a must! If it's on water, you can do it here: windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, rowing, angling - even powerboat racing and white water rafting. Completion of the Tees Barrage in 1995 limited the Tees' tidal reach, and created an exciting new wetland sports and leisure area for Teeside upstream.
Melbourne, York, YO42 4QJ
A beautiful rural canal of two halves, the upper reaches between Canal Head and Melbourne are characterised by un-restored locks, tree lined towpaths and classic humpbacked bridges. This is the perfect location for a walk with the family, with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife or enjoy the views. Only the lower reaches of the canal are open to boats, so be sure to head to Melbourne Arm to enjoy a short cruise aboard the New Horizons Trip Boat in the summer months. The lower reaches between Melbourne Arm and East Cottingwith lie in an open landscape of traditionally managed floodplain meadows, rich in wildlife, dotted with distinctive swing bridges.
Canal Wharf, Ripon, HG4 1AQ
The Ripon Canal starts in the heart of the medieval city of Ripon, with its twisting lanes, and stunning 7th century cathedral. The canal basin is overlooked by restored historic buildings, including a renovated warehouse.
Nursery Lane, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, DN5 7NB
Sprotbrough Lock is one of the loveliest spots of the canal. Next to 17th Century pub, The Boat Inn, its grassy banks are within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and this special place is an extremely popular spot for a Sunday stroll, a leisurely bike ride, a peaceful fish or just to lie back and gaze up at the sky and watch the birds.
Woodlesford Lock, Woodlesford, West Yorkshire LS26 8PU
Just five miles from Leeds, Woodlesford Lock on the Aire & Calder Navigation, is one of the best places to escape the city and enjoy country walks. The Aire & Calder Navigation was built to connect Leeds to the Humber and the North Sea.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
Parts of Leeds waterfront were once almost derelict. Now regenerated with vibrant waterside cafés and bars, a world-class museum, art galleries and public art, it’s a great place to visit. New Dock, located on the Aire & Calder Navigation, was once a vast complex of store yards and warehouses busy offloading coal and goods from the barges that plied this wide canal.
Naburn Locks Naburn York YO19 4RU
Part of the River Ouse navigation, Naburn Locks were once busy with barges transporting goods to and from York and Hull and beyond.
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RiverShackHave a great time out on the River Tees......either on it, beside it - or maybe in it.Tees Barrage International White Water RaftingFor a great day out visit the North East’s fantastic White Water Rafting Centre.Air Trail Tees BarrageIf you love the great outdoors and all things adventurous then this is for you.Leeds Waterfront water taxiArrive in style to Leeds Waterfront and New Dock on the free water taxi.riversMEET Craft CafeEnjoy various craft and workshops and visit the cafe in Methley, LeedsThe Blue Loop Visit the continuous loop of waterways and riverside walkways in the heart of Sheffield. There’s wildlife a plenty down by the water. This is a brilliant destination for local families; it’s close to home, there’s loads to see and do, and best of all, it’s free.
Last date edited: 5 May 2017