Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
Winter open days
Our open days offer a different perspective of our waterways, a behind-the-scenes look at the great work we do. A free day out for all the family.
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.
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
100% of your donation will be used to make life better by water
Canals are better with Friends
Becoming a Friend by making a monthly donation is one of the most effective ways to support our work
Leave a legacy
Will you leave a gift in your Will to keep the canals and rivers you care about alive?
Giving in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Love your stretch
Celebrate your favourite stretch of canal or river
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Take a look at our latest blogs and features about all things boating.
15 September 2015
Keep up to date with all of the boating news and views.
2 October 2015
Find out what the Canal & River Trust's boating team have been up to.
30 January 2019
Have you ever found yourself waiting in a long queue at a lock flight on a popular cruising route day-dreaming of a quieter alternative? At some busy locations, especially during the school holidays, you can find yourself waiting an hour or more for passage. In this series of features we explore alternatives if you want to escape the crowds with routes less travelled and treasures waiting to be discovered.
26 January 2019
Damian Kemp, our Boaters' Update editor, looks back at some of the highlights from 20 years of the Crick Boat Show.
17 March 2017
We’re celebrating the people whose green fingers and gardening achievements help make our waterways such pleasant places to visit. This summer we’ll be presenting certificates to those whose plants, flowers and vegetable displays make a positive contribution to our canals and rivers.
1 August 2016
Check out how Charlotte has made the most of the space in her narrowboat.
19 May 2016
Make sure your summer of boating starts smoothly with our top tips for bringing your boat out of hibernation.
15 January 2016
We support a thriving community of boaters who work, live and relax along our canals and rivers. People love spending time with us because it’s calming, the pace of life is slower and you feel happier and healthier by the water. Are you ready to take the most relaxing holiday you’ll have ever have?
15 October 2015
We’ve got to that time of year when the temperatures start to drop dramatically and the country’s obsession with grit supplies takes hold. Summer cruising is well and truly over and for those of you who own boats on Britain’s canals and rivers it’s time to think about winterising your boat.
14 October 2015
The introduction of locks in the 10th century made it possible for boats to climb the highest hills and mountains. In England and Wales our waterways are now home to many different types of lock. Next time you're out and about see how many different types you can spot.
Last date edited: 29 August 2018