We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Become a Friend

We are the charity building a community of Friends to ensure life's better by water for people and nature.

Friends of the Canal & River Trust support us monthly so that, in our increasingly fast-paced and crowded world, your canals and rivers can remain vital local havens.

It could be the stretch you walk the dog along each morning, or your peaceful five mile towpath run on a Sunday morning - we all have a story that connects us to the waterways.

Become a Friend

With more and more people enjoying the canals and rivers, watch why Alex supports us - and how it helps him to feel even closer to his local waterway:

"I like being a Friend of the Canal & River Trust - it helps bring the magic of the waterways to life for me.” Alex Matthews, Friend of the Trust

Our Friends get benefits

Joining as a Friend of the Trust means you’re helping us to deliver important projects across our historic waterways. 

Thousands of people already call themselves Friends of the Canal & River Trust – join them and you will receive:

  • Free entry to our attractions and museums
  • Discounts on boating and cottage holidays
  • Waterfront magazine twice a year, packed with features,illustrations and interviews to bring your waterways to life
  • A bespoke Canal & River Trust edition of 'CoolCanals' Walks book
  • Regular emails and podcasts immersing you in the world of the waterways and the wildlife that call them home
  • Exclusive Friends booklet
  • Canal & River Trust window sticker and pin badge

Already a Friend?

Find out how to get in touch and more about the benefits available to you.

Visit our Friend's area