Become a Friend

We’re the waterways and wellbeing charity, providing a place of escape, joy and wonder for everyone. Join us as a Friend and help us bring the magic of the canals to life.

Our Friends make a monthly donation so that we can make life better by water in England and Wales. 

Join us today and help us care for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers. 

Hear from one of our Friends

Find out why Alex signed up to become a Friend of the Trust:

"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 keep 2,000 miles of waterways open and available for local people to use and enjoy, every day. 

Thousands of people already call themselves Friends of the Canal & River Trust. Join them and you will receive regular emails immersing you in the world of the waterways and the wildlife that call them home. Some activities are suspended during the current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, but when it is safe to do so you will also get:

  • Fantastic discounts on boating holidays from 35 different locations
  • Exclusive offers on memorable cottage holidays in the UK
  • Free entry to our award-winning attractions and museums
  • Our Friends' magazine twice a year, packed with features, images and interviews to bring your waterways to life
  • The chance to explore 2,000 miles of towpaths with a bespoke Canal & River Trust edition of 'CoolCanals' Walks book
  • Regular emails immersing you in the world of the waterways and the wildlife that call them home
  • Our exclusive Friends booklet
  • A 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