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
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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
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
21 March 2018
The main leisure boating season starts at Easter and the waterways will be bustling with life and activity. Many liveaboard boaters will have had a relatively quiet time of it over the winter. There will have been very few hire boats out and about, and only the hardiest of leisure boaters braving the bitter winter weather to go boating.
Posted by: The boating team
14 March 2018
Debbi in our boating team shares her recent experience of boating through Harecastle Tunnel for the first time.
7 March 2018
No, we’re not talking about keeping GRP or plastic boats off the canal, but how boaters can contribute to reducing plastic pollution of our canals and rivers.
15 February 2018
Spring is in the air and many water fowl are feeling amorous. As a boater, you need to be aware of the love lives of your local birds, or else you could find your boating plans thwarted by a nest where you don’t want one. If you don't want to get stuck with a duck, read on!
22 December 2017
Debbi in the boating team recently went on her longest cruise for 15 years. In this latest instalment her boating holiday blog, she finally reaches a stretch of waterway that she’s not cruised before.
15 December 2017
Licence support advisor Debbi Figueiredo recently went on her longest cruise for 15 years. In the third instalment her boating holiday blog, she’s finally within reach of a stretch of waterway that she’s not cruised before.
27 November 2017
Debbi in the boating team shares her tried and tested tips for cooking a stress-free Christmas dinner onboard.
17 November 2017
'Pump out or cassette' is one of the perennial debates amongst boaters, with most of us having strong feelings in one direction or other. Whatever we use - pump-out, cassette or composting - we all need to dispose of our toilet waste responsibly and without harm to the environment.
Find out what the Canal & River Trust's boating team have been up to.