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.
Learning is at the heart of everything we do.
We believe that effective education can transform lives.
Each canal and river is unique and offers powerful ways to engage children and bring learning to life.
We believe that effective education can transform lives and lead to change, development and a desire to learn more. Through our Canal & River Explorers learning programme we hope to stimulate a lifelong positive engagement with our canals and rivers. The Explorers programme relies on the support of a team of education volunteers who donate time, skills and passion to enable more children to experience our waterways and the rich learning environment they provide.
“There is so much to share with young people about our wonderful waterways and I feel honoured to be part of such an enjoyable experience."
David Payne, education volunteer
Our education service is highly regarded by teachers and group leaders.
This is largely due to the support of our team of experienced volunteers who lead enjoyable and inspiring visits – in the classroom, club house and museum or out on the towpath. All of our activities are linked to the National Curriculum for 7 to 11 year olds (with differentiation for 5 - 13 years) or uniform group badges and are designed to enrich your teaching.
Here’s what David Payne said about his time as an Explorers education volunteer:
“There is so much to share with young people about our wonderful waterways and I feel honoured to be part of such an enjoyable experience. I have learnt so much myself over recent years and volunteering with the Trust has given me a whole new dimension to my life.”
Read more about being an Explorers education volunteer
Find out more
Take a look at our Explorers website for more information.
Last date edited: 4 May 2017