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.
The majority of our network is over 200 years old and still works as it was designed to. This is quite remarkable and a credit both to the original engineers and the continuing dedication and expertise of our staff.
We look after 2,000 miles of canals and rivers and over 8,500 different structures, many of them listed. We actually look after the third highest number of listed structures after the Church of England and National Trust. Caring for our waterways is an expensive and technically demanding job.
No two locks on our canals and rivers are the same and our quirky canal and river system throws up all sorts of challenges created by the weather, time and occasionally the people who use them. With almost 20 million visits a year from boaters, cyclists, walkers, anglers and families our waterways take a lot of pounding.
If we didn’t maintain our locks, bridges, culverts and embankments, our waterways wouldn’t be able to support the thousands of boats and millions of visitors that they currently do. A traditional way of life and a much-loved escape from the pressures of everyday life would be lost for good. A trip to the waterways just wouldn’t be the same.
Thankfully our maintenance teams have hundreds of years of combined knowledge about our canals and rivers. From building new lock gates to repairing leaks and even diving to inspect underwater structures, their work ensures our waterways remain open to everyone.
We need your help to continue our work. Become a Friend of the Trust and make sure our wonderful waterways exist for future generations
Last date edited: 19 August 2015