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.
The A Million Hands project is officially award-winning! Last week staff and volunteers from the seven charities involved in the project gathered for the Charity Times Awards 2016. Excited just to be nominated in our first year, it was a huge honor to win best sector partnership!
This is great recognition for the A Million Hands project as we embark on the second year of the partnership with a clearer understanding of the best way to develop and move the project onward.
It’s all about awards at the moment – must be something in the autumnal air! Merseyside Scouts have recognised the Trust with a Community Award being presented this week at their AGM. Then, in a couple of weeks, scouting groups active on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal are nominated for Bicentenary Awards presented at a Gala Dinner.
Projects that have been developing well in recent weeks include a pocket adoption of part of the Trent & Mersey Canal with 79th Clayton Scouts. Focussed around developing understanding of mental resilience, the group have forged ahead with improvement work and even had a visit from the Stoke City football mascot!
Rachel a local Explorer Scouts Mum had this to say about the project:
"Scouts you are doing an amazing job. My daughter was looking at your pictures and said it would be nice to sit on a bench close her eyes and imagine her troubles floating away in the canal. She says that no one understands what a few minutes escape and peace away from the world can mean in your mind!"
You can find out more about this project here
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Find out more about the work of our youth engagement team
Lucy Bowles-Lewis has worked for the Trust for 10 years in various engagement and volunteering roles. She has recently become the project manager for A Million Hands, an exciting new project where Scout groups will be given the opportunity to take social action by adopting a section of canal or river.