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.
Here is all the latest local news, exciting events and opportunities to get involved. As well as any urgent notices for our waterways.
If you're planning an event on our waterways, we can add your event to our main event listings page.
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.
1 February 2018, 9:30am to 28 February 2018, 5pm
Head along to the Montgomery Canal Photographic Exhibition this February.
10 February 2018 to 25 February 2018
This Half Term bring the family to the museum and enjoy our special activities.
23 February 2018, 7pm to 24 February 2018, 9pm
A Boaty Theatre Company performance for their assigned national Theatre Connections Festival play.
3 March 2018 to 4 March 2018
Grindley Brook Locks
Come along to Grindley Brook Open Weekend and hear about how we maintain this beautiful but very busy part of the network.
3 March 2018, 10am to 11am
Bring your children along to our Story Makers workshop dressed as their favorite fictional character to celebrate World Book Day. .
3 March 2018, 11:30am to 12:30pm
Bring your children along to our Storymakers workshop dressed as their favorite fictional character to celebrate World Book Day. .
4 March 2018, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn
Following last year’s successful programme of walks, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the new season starts with a 2 hour walk to have a look at some of our rich canal heritage.
16 March 2018 to 10 June 2018
The Illustrated Travel Diaries of Eileen Burke
16 March 2018, 7:30pm to 10pm
Come and hear Geoff Topp, Chairman of Liverpool Pilots’ Retired Division 2018, talk about The Mersey Training Ships
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.
5 May 2018 to 7 May 2018
Norbury Junction, Shropshire Union Canal
Head along to the annual Norbury Canal Festival for a weekend of family fun.
19 May 2018, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Come along to this years Montgomery Canal Triathlon.
23 June 2018 to 24 June 2018
A Boaty Theatre Company outdoor performance to coincide with the 10 year celebration of National Armed Forces Day in the 100th anniversary year since the end of World War 1.
15 July 2018
Decorate your bike and join the parade from Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port to the National Waterways Museum where there will be lots of bike and boat associated activities.
North Wales and Borders canals are among the busiest in Britain, according to an annual survey of lock usage we've published.
All dogs and their owners are invited to join a mass morning dog walk in Nantwich. Starting at 10.30am, the free Doggy-Do-Dahs event is along the Shropshire Union Canal on Saturday 17 February.
A public consultation into future development around the canal World Heritage Site at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, in North Wales, continues with an extra event on Monday 22 January 2018.
We've just reeled in a new angling club to fish the beautiful waters of the Montgomery Canal in Powys.
The Shropshire Union Canal near Market Drayton is to benefit from a ground-breaking partnership between us and HM Prison Service.
We're inviting visitors with a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard to join us for a special behind-the-scenes tour during the construction of £1.2m nature reserves at Aston Locks on the canal, as part of a nationwide campaign to thank National Lottery players.
Tyrley Locks, Shropshire Union Canal
We've begun a major overhaul of the Shropshire Union Canal as part of a five-month winter maintenance programme on canals and rivers across England and Wales.
Last date edited: 7 November 2017