Read the story of how we, the Canal & River Trust, came to be. It's a captivating tale of enthusiasts, communities and the people of Britain rediscovering the value of their waterways.
We’ve inherited something truly unique. Amazing waterways imagined in another age, reborn as thriving, open and active spaces we can all enjoy. We see a brighter future for our canals and rivers, but let’s take a quick look back at how we got here.
The 20th Century story of the waterways is one of discovery. Canals and rivers declined as a freight carrying network, but found a new purpose in leisure and quite simply as a place to get away from it all.
Today, the our much-loved canals and rivers are enjoying a second golden age. The creation of the Canal & River Trust has secured the future of the network and waterways enthusiasts in England and Wales can look forward to the next chapter in the waterways’ story.
"Oh, do we get the canals too?"
There are now more boats on the network than at the height of the industrial revolution.
"As we mark our third birthday I would like to say thank you to our staff and volunteers - without you we just couldn't have achieved these fantastic things." Richard Parry, chief executive
Last date edited: 31 March 2017