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.
Young people represent a new and previously under engaged audience for the waterways. They are our supporters, visitors, volunteers and workforce of the future and it is essential that we recognise both the value they can bring and the wealth of opportunities we can offer them.
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
Learn more about the Desmond Family Canoe Trail
A Million Hands
Learn more about our participation in the A Million Hands project
vInspired Eco Talent
Find out more about the vInspired Eco Talent project
Take a look at the agencies that we are partnering with currently
Come and learn more about our past youth engagement projects
Accreditation & Awards
Learn more about our accreditation and awards partnership programmes
We currently have two flagship youth engagement projects running across the Trust - the ambitious 5 year Desmond Family Canoe Trail and A Million Hands, a 4 year national partnership with The Scouts Association, MIND, Dementia Friends, Guide Dogs, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Water Aid. These projects are enabling us to have a significant impact across all waterways and will form a substantial part of our youth engagement work over the next few years.
This is an exciting time for this area of work and recently we have delivered local and national projects covering everything from the arts to angling, marketing to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and lots in between!
On Saturday 3 June 2017, we officially opened Foulridge Tunnel, on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, to canoes.
Until now, the mile-long, 200 year old tunnel, looked after by the Canal & River Trust, has been enjoyed solely by canal boats. But now, canoeists can paddle through and experience travelling under the Pennines for the first time, as part of the charity’s ambitious plans for the UK’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail.
Foulridge Tunnel is one of the highlights of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail that will stretch for 162 miles, connecting Liverpool to Goole along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation. Funded by the Desmond Foundation, the trail also has the support of British Canoeing and Canoe England.
You can read more about Foulridge Tunnel here.
Read our youth engagement blog
The youth engagement team supports colleagues across the Trust to engage more young people in their work.
Last date edited: 27 June 2017