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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
From wide agricultural vistas to rolling hills and valleys, our waterway, rich with history and structural phenomenons passes through some of the most rural counties in England and Wales.
Not only are our waterways full of wildlife, we've some great treasures dotted around our waters, including Pontcysyllte and Chirk Aqueducts, Anderton Boat Lift and the wonderful Ellesmere Yard.
And there are loads of canal and towpath activities to enjoy - for instance, why not Paddle the right way (Welsh version)? It's our downloadable guide to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site canoe trail.
Our cross-border waterways are very important and they bring all sorts of amazing benefits. Read our plans, what's coming up, our most recent successes and how you can get involved.
Mike Carter Award 2018
Nominations are now open - our new awards celebrate young volunteers in this region
We need your views
Tell us here how we can make the Shropshire Union Canal even better for local people and tourists to enjoy
Follow all the latest developments in the Montgomery Canal restoration
World of wonders
We're so lucky in our region to have a wealth of waterways to visit and enjoy
You don't have to get your hands dirty to be a hands on volunteer
12 January 2018 to 15 July 2018
National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port
Revisit Clifford Morris' photography from the turn of the millennium to reflect on the many changes to the landscape that have taken place during the intervening years.
16 March 2018 to 10 June 2018
The Illustrated Travel Diaries of Eileen Burke
25 March 2018, 10am to 4pm
Shropshire Union Canal Bridge 129
Free 'learn to fish' sessions from the Canal & River Trust. Our Level 2 professional angling coaches will show you the ropes - or at least the rods, baits and nets. It's a fun family day by the water.
27 March 2018 to 3 April 2018
Visit the National Waterways Museum this Easter to take part in a host of family fun activities. Check dates for details.
30 March 2018 to 2 April 2018
The annual Easter Boat Gathering at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port marks the official start of the boating season.
31 March 2018, 9:30am to 2 April 2018, 3:30pm
Anderton Boat Lift
Visit Anderton Boat Lift this Easter weekend for FREE family fun at our Easter Eggstravaganza.
North Wales & Borders Partnership Meeting
15 May 2018, 1pm to 4pm
11 July 2018, 1pm to 4pm
11 September 2018, 1pm to 4pm