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
16 November 2017
Here is the latest blog from our welfare officer Sean Willams about how important it is to talk about mental health, and how get help if you need it.
Posted by: The boating team
27 October 2017
With the end of British summer time we’re asking everyone using our towpaths to take extra care in the dark, especially new boaters heading into their first winter aboard.
25 October 2017
Licence support advisor Debbi Figueiredo swapped dreaming about boating for actual boating. On her longest cruise for 15 years she was on a mission to cruise waterways that she’s not cruised before. Here’s the second instalment of the journey.
12 September 2017
We’re asking all boaters to stay gas safe by getting on-board gas appliances checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer, to protect from the danger of fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
8 September 2017
Licence Support Advisor Debbi Figueiredo has swopped dreaming about boating for actual boating. On her longest cruise for 15 years she’s on a mission to cruise waterways that she’s not cruised before. Here’s the first instalment of the journey.
25 August 2017
Boating is supposed to be one the fastest ways to slow down, relax and unwind. Sadly, some people cause problems for the rest of us by speeding past moored craft or creating a breaking wash, which causes damage to the canal and river banks, and harms wildlife. We’d like everyone to keep calm and slow down past moored boats, take it easy and be considerate.
10 August 2017
There are many wonderful places to visit on our network, so taking a longer than two-week cruise will either allow you either extend your cruising range to visit new places, or to spend longer exploring places that you may have previously dashed past. Here’s some things to think about when planning a longer cruise.
28 July 2017
We want everyone to stay safe this summer, so here are some of the common causes of sinking boats on our canals and rivers, together with a few pointers about how to prevent it happening to you.
Find out what the Canal & River Trust's boating team have been up to.