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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We’re proud to be part of A Million Hands, a national partnership project led by The Scout Association. Launched in October 2015, our aim is to engage half a million young people in social action projects across the country.
We know that living waterways transform places and enrich lives. Our canals and rivers are cherished outdoor spaces which enable visitors to take a breath of fresh air and relax. Through A Million Hands, the Scout groups are able to use our beautiful waterways to improve the lives of people in the local community.
The Scouts choose to undertake a pocket adoption on a stretch of canal as their form of social action. Then, with support, they plan and deliver improvements, enhancements and awareness campaigns that focus on their chosen health and wellbeing theme.
Nearly one year into the project we have 10 ‘Pocket Adoptions’ across the country working with each of the different project partners. You can follow our progress in the A Million Hands blog.
A Million Hands is about making our communities better places to live.
We’re excited to be working with a number of charity partners on this project:
Here are two great ways to get started:
Bear Grylls gets involved
Watch Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, explaining why boats and waterways are special places for him and his family.
Last date edited: 24 August 2016