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.
All restoration projects are dependent on the passion and energy of volunteers.
Together with many waterway trusts and societies, we welcome volunteers who want to make a difference to their local area and get involved with our restoration work.
Opportunities are advertised on our website so if you are interested in becoming more involved in then please take a look at our volunteering pages or use our restoration map to find your nearest project and the relevant contact details.
Trustee - volunteers take on crucial roles within local groups as Trustees, helping plan and deliver the restoration. Trustees deliver various roles including leading, publicising, coordinating volunteers, developing a website or tapping into their professional expertise. If you value your local canal or river and want a greater say in how it is restored, this could be an opportunity for you.
Technical / Survey - restoring a canal or river requires a number of technical studies. You could be involved in surveying the natural environment or assessing the condition of historic structures. While some surveys require specific skills, others only require enthusiasm.
Fundraising - local groups are dependent on raising money to restore the waterways. Volunteers are needed to organise fundraising events, writing grant applications or to look at commercial opportunities for the groups to make money to help pay for the restoration works.
Town Planning Permissions - restoring a waterway can take years. It’s important that the route is protected from other people building on it. There are opportunities available for all types of planning volunteers, including helping with research and surveying, lobbying for protection of the line of the canal, commenting on planning applications, negotiating with the local authority planning team and more.
Promoting the heritage - the waterways, even if they no longer exist, are important to our heritage. Many volunteers are involved in telling the story of the waterways, making sure that our heritage isn’t lost. This can range from running a visitor center, developing trails and information leaflets to going out into schools to get local children involved.
Work parties - local groups often have to maintain what remains of the waterway and do much of the restoration work themselves. Groups often organise work parties which attract a wide range of people, from young volunteers taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme; to waterway enthusiasts who wish to make a contribution to restoring and preserving the system; to people who just want to get outdoors and dirty, have fun and learn new skills. Local groups organise their own work parties but often many of these are supported by the Waterway Recovery Group.
Could you be a restoration volunteer?
If you'd like to get involved and help bring our lost navigations back to life, the first step is to get in touch with your local restoration group.
Last date edited: 17 July 2015