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.
Welcome to the e-planning toolkit for our waterways
The planning system has a vital role to play in:
Whatever your knowledge and interest in planning, our toolkit will provide you with information on a wide range of topics. Our planning and design team explain how, when used to their full potential, our waterways can change places for the better.
The about us and the planning system pages provide some basic information. More detailed material can be found on other pages.
While our network of waterways covers England and Wales, the planning system operates differently in each country. This toolkit is currently based on the English system.
Although the systems are different, many of the issues and opportunities are the same. If you have a query about planning for the waterways in Wales, please contact us. Our statutory consultee performance reports for Wales can be found here.
The Town & County Planning Association (TCPA) have acted as a critical friend throughout the development of this e-planning toolkit. We wish to thank them and acknowledge their valuable input. Find out more about their work here.