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.
Our canals were originally built to transport goods around the country and although freight is no longer the main purpose of our waterway network, there continues to be a role for freight by water.
There has been growing interest in the potential for freight traffic as fuel costs have risen and awareness of the environmental benefits of freight by water has increased.
Wherever we can do so cost effectively, the Canal & River Trust endeavours to facilitate freight on our larger waterways. In recent years we've focused on aggregates, container, waste and recycling sectors in particular.
There is also a niche role for carriage of specialist items on the narrow canals (for instance solid fuel supplies for boaters) and some operators have been able to take advantage of this.
You can find out what you need to start a trading freight business on our waterways by visiting out boating business pages.
You can also review our documents:
For enquiries about freight on the broad waterways contact the Canal & River Trust’s freight operation planner, Stuart McKenzie at email@example.com.
To effectively carry freight, waterways often need additional investment from partners. This frequently comes in the form of European and government grant funding.
If you have a freight proposal in mind, our enterprise team may know of grants from third parties you could apply for.
We are members of the Freight Transport Association who help to promote waterborne freight
We work with the Commercial Boat Operators Association whose members often use our network
Last date edited: 16 June 2017