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.
Working closely with partners is key to the successful management of our heritage and we constantly talk to local authorities, statutory agencies, voluntary groups, canal societies and stakeholders.
We have established an expert advisory group for heritage and this group supports us in a number of ways, including advising on historic boats, consulting on property developments and helping to review our heritage processes.
Partnership also means developing ‘tools’ to help manage heritage assets more effectively. We are pioneering a number of Heritage Partnership Agreements with English Heritage and local authorities and are poised to roll out a ‘network-wide’ agreement, following a recent government review of the heritage protection regime in England. This will reduce bureaucracy and save time and money. It will also offer a national model for how heritage assets in single ownership could be managed in the future.
Volunteers make a valuable contribution to our heritage activities. Without them we simply could not do so much to conserve the important heritage we care for. Among other things, volunteers are helping us with historical research, heritage open days, data collection and with practical work to historic structures that would otherwise not get repaired so quickly.
Read more about Heritage Counts, an annual survey of the state of England's historic environment, produced by English Heritage on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum.
Last date edited: 8 December 2017