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.
If you don't own your own boat there are plenty of other ways you can get out and about on our canals and rivers. From hiring out a boat with friends for an afternoon to taking a two week holiday with your family there’s something out there to suit every occasion and budget.
If you don’t fancy taking charge of a boat yourself there are plenty of other ways to get on the water. Taking a boat trip is a wonderful way to see the canals and rivers as you can relax while someone else does all the hard work.
Alternatively you could book yourself into a hotel boat or take a meal on a restaurant boat. In this section of the website you’ll find everything you need to know about taking a boat trip or holiday on our canals and rivers.
As much as a canal holiday is about exploring new territory and leaving the everyday at home, most of us still like to have our little luxuries follow us. Which is why most people are hooked after their first time on a canal boat.
One minute you could be admiring the picture-perfect views from the tiller of your boat, the next you could be putting your feet up in front of the telly or relaxing in a nice, hot shower.
Canal boats can also be surprisingly spacious - welcoming news for large families. But narrowboats and barges aren't the only types of boat available; choose the best boat to suit your needs and your canal holiday.
Narrowboats can be quite roomy with plenty of headroom. Longer vessels can accommodate up to twelve people.
Some of our major canals and rivers have a wider set of dimensions and so can accommodate boats of up to 14ft wide – this is where the barge comes in. These spacious vessels are the 4X4s of the waterways but with more space comes fewer routes, as these boats are obviously limited to those canals and rivers that can handle them.
Cruisers can also accommodate large parties but they are more flexible in their design. You could choose one that's smaller and easier to manoeuvre or even a cruiser that has steering above and below deck – ideal for moving your boat in comfort come rain or shine.
Find your favourite place to visit
We've put together a guide to our favourite places along our canals and rivers. Find out what's in your area
Last date edited: 10 November 2017