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.
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, explains why boats and waterways are special places for him and his family.
"We’re lucky to have Canal & River Trust as our partner. While I’m on the river, I can let my mind unravel, get new ideas and spend quality time with my friends and family."
When Shara and I first got married we were pretty broke but wanted to live in London where a lot of our friends were. Up to then I had been sleeping on and off in the back of my old London taxi since leaving the military! But when I saw an old Dutch barge houseboat on the Thames come up for sale (that once belonged to a Polar explorer) it was the perfect solution.
It was over 100 years old and we had to do a massive amount of work to turn it into our home, but it was so worth it. We created 3 bedrooms and a bathroom, a deck-roof for more outdoor space and installed a hammock, barbeque and pull up bar - we were away! As a family, it was and still is a real refuge away together. And when it came to messing about on the river, I remain hooked. We have a small inflatable tender for shopping at the supermarket across the river and a canoe I often take my boys out in. For the first 7 years of our married life it was our main home and we love it still today more than ever. She is an old but loyal friend.
That’s why I was so pleased when Scouts chose the Canal & River Trust as one of the key partners for our brilliant campaign, A Million Hands. Water has an amazing effect on people – it connects us to nature and speaks to something deeply elemental inside us. Canals and rivers are great places for us to recharge our natural energies and see the world from a different perspective.
A Million Hands
A Million Hands is about helping half a million young people take social action on four key issues, chosen by Scouts themselves. Together, we’re making our communities better places to live.
Canals and rivers are amazing outdoor spaces and have huge potential to deliver social action. By partnering with the Canal & River Trust, Scouts can bring real community action right into the hearts of our towns and cities.
Using our canal and rivers, Scouts will be able to work on issues that affect young people in their lives today. A Million Hands recognises the role the waterways can play in improving health and wellbeing.
Scouts can chose to adopt a stretch of canal and use the waterways as their chosen form of social action. Supported by the Trust, Scout groups will be able to carry out practical improvements and enhancements while improving the lives of those in the wider community.
They’ll be running events and guided walks. They’ll be making physical improvements to waterways, for example, to make their canal dementia friendly or improve access and keep the canal and towpath clean and smart for disabled people, including those with sight loss. These are brilliant, practical actions that can really change lives.
We’re lucky to have Canal & River Trust as our partner. While I’m on the river, I can let my mind unravel, get new ideas, seek new inspiration and spend quality time with my friends and family.
Scouts have a fine tradition of adventures on the water and I’m proud that this is continuing with this new chapter in our history. Let’s not forget what beautiful and inspiring places our canals and rivers are, and the powerful effect they can have on us all.
Help change the world at www.scouts.org.uk/communityimpact
Bear GryllsChief Scout
Last date edited: 15 March 2016