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.
John Davies has been working under Jason Robinson as an apprentice for just over a year. Hear his story.
"I would say this type of career path is important in this day and age, when employers want people with experience."
Due to having a family and bills, I was initially tempted by the idea of an apprenticeship because the pay was very reasonable. But the more I looked into it, the more appealing the job looked. The interview was fine, it felt more of a case of finding the right personal fit for the team. A couple of hours after the interview Jason contacted me and asked if I wanted the good news or the bad. The bad news being that I was going to have to work with them, and the good news that he was offering me the job.
Job title: mechanical and electrical apprentice
Length of service: 17 months
Training provider: Brooksby Melton Agricultural College
My experience has been extremely varied at the Trust and I’ve enjoyed all of it. I have worked with various different teams and groups, and all of them have made me feel welcome. I’ve had lots of opportunities to get involved and carry out tasks on my own, which has allowed me to develop my skillset.
The group I work with are all very experienced and and have worked in different industries, so they have a lot of knowledge to pass down to me. Some of the lads have been here a long time and they know how everything works. All of this information is invaluable and allows me to progress quickly.
By the time I finish I will be a time-served apprentice, which goes a long way to securing a future for myself and my family. I would say this type of career path is important in this day and age, when employers want people with experience.
Hopefully I will continue to develop here at the Trust, and continue to progress up the ladder. I really do appreciate the time and money invested in my training and my development.
Find out more about our work
We care for our canals and rivers and are passionate believers in using the power of these waterways to transform places, and enrich lives.
Last date edited: 3 March 2017