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.
Did you know there are loads of ways you can get involved with our canals and rivers here in our South Wales & Severn region.
From one off volunteering days with our Towpath Taskforce to using your technical or specialist skills with us more often – you can get involved and volunteer as much or as little as you can on the South Wales & Severn waterways. And don’t worry – you’ll get all the appropriate training, encouragement and ongoing support to help you make the most of helping us.
For instance, right now all you need is a smile to be part of our Worcester welcome station.
Want to find out a little more about volunteering in our region? Then contact:
Caroline Kendall, Volunteer Development Coordinator email@example.com @CRTSWalesSevernCall: 01452 318028
There are hundreds of people who already volunteer regularly for the Canal & River Trust - here are some of our most popular roles:
Diglis Basin, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Navigable by boat or on foot, the Mid-Worcestershire Ring is an interconnecting circle of waterways which form a unique tourist destination. The Ring is a major new arts programme that is taking place between March and September 2018 celebrating the historic 21-mile Worcestershire circular canal that flows through the urban and rural landscapes of Worcester and Droitwich.
Barnt Green, Worcester Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Reservoir Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy to chat to local visitors to the reservoirs when needed. On your regular (weekly or more often) visit to the reservoir you will keep the spill weirs clean of vegetation, keep an eye on the water quality especially in the summer, liaise with the local fishing clubs and you’ll get to spot anything you think we should be aware of.
Worcester, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to waterway visitors, assisting boaters through the locks and helping to maintain the area.
Tardebigge, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Stoke Prior, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Does your school, scout group, community group or business team want to lend a hand? You can! We work with lots of groups who have adopted part of their local waterway. But your group can get involved in other ways – talk to Caroline Kendall, Volunteer Development Coordinator to find out how.
Last date edited: 29 June 2017