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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Boats make our waterways special. We want our staff to understand what it’s like for the boaters who cruise, and live on, our canals and rivers, but many of us have to spend most of our time in offices so we don’t always get to see things from a boater’s point of view.
The Boating Buddies scheme gives all our staff the chance to spend a day out on the water with a boater (or two). It also lets boaters talk with our staff about the things that matter to them and their experience of our waterways.
The people who’ve taken part in Boating Buddies tell us it’s helped to:
Boating Buddies - why you should get involved
Read this blog post from our heritage team who took a trip on the Thames as part of the Boating Buddies scheme.
We’ve got hundreds of people based in many different places. Sometimes it can be tricky matching them up with the boaters who want to take them out. The more boaters who volunteer to take part in Boating Buddies, the more people we’ll be able to get out on boats to help them better understand what it’s like for boaters on our waters.
Please fill in this form if you’d like to be a boating buddy and take our staff out on your boat.
Find out what the Canal & River Trust's boating team have been up to.