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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Our waterways developed as a result of the industrial revolution and are a focus for many historic and environmental designated spaces.
The internationally recognised definition of heritage is broadly a social consideration as defined by the International Cultural Tourism Charter and recognised by Historic England, but it is appreciated that heritage is also linked to the wellbeing of the environment.
In England and Wales it's our responsibility to look after:
Our waterways are also touched by other heritage designations including five World Heritage Sites, 42 historic parks and gardens and nine historic battlefields.
Planning policies need to protect and enhance waterway heritage and landscape character.
We are involved in a major Arts Council England funded commissioning programme in Pennine Lancashire, the super slow way project. Together with private and public partners, we're working with communities along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to explore how they relate to their environment, neighbourhoods and each other. The long term aim is to create the UK’s first linear industrial heritage landscape park and new visitor destination.
Policy ENV4 on canals shows the multi-functional nature of the waterways including reference to their special historic, architectural, archaeological and cultural interest.
"The Black Country canal network comprises the canals and their surrounding landscape corridors, designated and undesignated historic assets, character, settings, views and interrelationships. The canal network can provide a focus for future development through the potential to provide a high quality environment and accessibility. All development proposals likely to affect the canal network must:
Where opportunities exist, all development proposals within the canal network must:
Such development proposals must be fully supported by evidence that the above factors have been fully considered and properly incorporated into their design and layout. Where proposed development overlays part of the extensive network of disused canal features, the potential to record, preserve and restore such features must be fully explored. Development will not be permitted which would sever the route of a disused canal or prevent the restoration of a canal link where there is a realistic possibility of restoration, wholly or in part."
Last date edited: 22 August 2017