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.
Richard Moyses has brought his engineering skills to work on the canals since joining us as an apprentice 45 years ago. Find out why he thinks our apprenticeships have a lot to offer young people.
"An apprenticeship offers an experience far beyond classroom learning."
I finished school and didn’t get the results I needed for further education so I started looking for opportunities in the motor industry. However, when I went to the school career centre, they told me about British Waterways (now the Trust) and their apprenticeship. It was my first ever interview and I felt like a fish out of water, but I tried my best and was offered the job. They said ‘When can you start?’ I started the following week.
Job title: Senior mechanical and electrical engineer
Length of service: 42 years
Training provider: Luton College
It was an interesting job as an apprentice; working in the workshops, working on the river, there was a great team spirit. I was mentored by a really good engineer. He took me on board and treated me like a son at work, showing me the right way to go about things. It was good grounding for my career.
Back in 2002-2009 I was given the chance to manage a new app scheme. This was an opportunity for me to give something back to the Trust, who have invested a lot in me over the years. I was able to mentor our new engineers through the scheme, and our course gained accreditation with the Engineer Council at Technician Level.
Skills for life
An apprenticeship offers an experience far beyond classroom learning. It’s a wider life experience encompassing people skills as well as technical skills. Working with different people in different locations presents different challenges.
Our apprenticeship leads to a good all round understanding of engineering. You will learn skills that set you up for life. It’s a really good foundation to move on from.
Our knowledge runs deep
We have skilled, dedicated people working in all aspects of our organisation and we understand how important it is to pass this knowledge and experience on to future generations.
Last date edited: 3 March 2017