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.
Planning a cruise
Notices & stoppages
Our canals and rivers are home to over 35,000 boats, which come in all shapes, sizes and colours. We know that this vibrant community of live-aboard boaters, pleasure boaters and traders plays a vital role in our work to bring waterways to life.
License your boat
Need a boat licence? Sold your boat? You can now manage everything online
Winter works 2017/18
Thank you for all your feedback on our winter maintenance programme 2017/18. You can search the final programme now
National review of boat licensing
The National Boat Licensing Consultation is now closed, the results of the consultation can be found here.
Keeping you posted
We make sure boaters are kept abreast of news, events and safety information with our Boaters' Update. Sign up today
Our boat licence customer support team work hard to assist customers who need extra help
Winterise your boat
Check out our tips to help you prepare for the colder months ahead
Boating on our canals and rivers will transport you back to a time when there was no term for road rage and travelling from Birmingham to London in 12 days was considered hasty. What were once the speedy highways of the 18th Century are now green corridors, connecting communities and enhancing people's lives.
Boating allows you to appreciate our unique wildlife, while passing through 200-year-old working heritage structures.
However, not everything about boating is shrouded in history. While you can enjoy the novelty of using a historic transport system, passing through locks and over aqueducts built at the height of the industrial revolution, you no longer have to rough it! The vast majority of today’s boats come with running water, sanitation facilities and heating!
Whether you’re a live-aboard boater, thinking about getting a boat of your own or just want to find out more about taking a holiday you’ll be able to find the information you need on these pages.
Please use the search facility above to find boat services in your area
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