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 Canal & River Trust only owns 4% of the land next to our waterways. This means our waterways can be affected by the development activity of others.
The planning system plays a vital role in protecting the waterways from inappropriate development and enhancing the country’s network of canals, rivers and docks. New developments provide great opportunities to create living waterways that transform places and provide lots of surprising benefits.
There are a range of organisations who make planning decisions about what should happen on land next to the waterways. The local planning authority (generally your local council) makes most decisions.
Our small team of professional planners get involved in the planning system providing advice and comments to those who make the planning decisions. This can be on planning application proposals or when development plans are being prepared.
Those making the decisions on planning matters are interested in everyone’s views. Although if you want to get involved we know that the planning system can be complicated. So, in this section of our planning pages, you’ll find basic information about:
Find out how we are involved and how you can be too
It is important to get involved in the plan making process at an early stage
Permission in principle
This is a new way of gaining planning permission
Nationally strategic infrastructure projects
Large scale developments considered at a national level
Last date edited: 15 January 2018