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 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?
Volunteering in partnership
Want to make a real difference to your community? You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year
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?
Give in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Give in celebration
Got a favourite place in mind? Dedicate it in celebration of a loved one today
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
Use My Location
Take a look at our latest blogs and features about all things boating.
28 October 2020
The Boater Report gives an overview of how much it costs to maintain our canals and rivers. This includes where our money comes from and where it gets spent, for example how much gets spent on dredging or customer service.
12 August 2020
Whether you’re an experienced liveaboard boater or a new leisure boater, we’ve put together these handy tips and resources to help you plan your next canal boat trip.
3 June 2020
Here's a few of the best places on the waterways to spot steam trains.
11 November 2019
Helpful advice, especially for new continuous cruising boaters facing their first winter living onboard the inland waterways of Britain. A three part series of advice collated with thanks from suggestions, tips and the experiences of seasoned boaters.
28 August 2019
Ever wondered, as a liveaboard boater, what you need to do to have your say when we're all called on to vote on something? If you answered yes, read on...
20 March 2019
Knowing what boaters think about the waterways that the Canal & River Trust cares for is important to us. As someone who has recently been on our waters we’d really like to hear your feedback. The responses you give in this survey will help us improve them and plan for the future so that they are preserved for generations to come.
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.
Last date edited: 29 August 2018