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.
We welcome enquiries from neighbours and developers who wish to work on, near or over our property. We are happy to help with such works where we can, but our primary concern will always be the safety of our customers and the protection of our waterways.
We also need to be sure that your works will have no long term impact upon our activities and so we would encourage you to make early contact with our works engineers who will guide you through our process and may be able to save you time and money in doing so.
We are able to offer advice on working near canals and rivers, as these are not environments that are familiar to everyone. We can advise you on health and safety issues related to canals and rivers and can suggest suitable methods of carrying out works based upon our own knowledge and experience.
Our works engineers are used to dealing with many types of work. From simple domestic improvements to large commercial infrastructure projects and end of garden mooring construction to city centre regeneration schemes, they receive thousands of enquiries each year.
If you are in doubt about whether you need our approval or not then please contact us and we can advise.
To gain approval, all such works will need to follow our Code of Practice, which you will find below.
Our waterways are a vibrant, living network; they bring life to communities across England & Wales. Income earned by our specialists teams is reinvested directly into the waterways so we can secure the best future possible. We are working hard to ensure we offer the best possible service to our customers and are delighted to be able to confirm that we have not increased our hourly charge out rates for our works engineers since March 2012. In addition, there will be no increase in these rates for the financial year 2017/18.
Please refer to the Contact us page to get in touch with the relevant local office.
Last date edited: 19 May 2017