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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The summer holidays are here, and for those of you who are gracing the waters with children this year, there are plenty of ways to keep them entertained. Don’t give boredom breathing space – here are five activities to keep the kids busy, whatever the weather.
1. Get snapping!
Create a picture diary by encouraging the kids to take lots of photos. Our waterways are abundant with wildlife, as well as historic bridges, buildings, tunnels and locks.
2. Take games.
Prepare for a change in the weather and take games for both inside and outside. For those sunny days play Wildlife Bingo – download our Wildlife Bingo card and see how many animals, birds and fish can be spotted and matched. To make things more interesting, include a small prize for the winner. For the rainy days, you could settle down to a classic board game, or perhaps get creative – check out what you need to make a margarine tub boat.
3. Get hands-on.
Firstly get the whole family involved in planning the route together. Then, after teaching them the safety rules give them specific tasks to do such as casting off, mooring, operating locks and when strictly supervised - steering. The younger children could be in charge of spotting, looking out for landmarks, tunnels and canalside wildlife.
4. Be a pirate.
Yo ho ho! Let imaginations run wild and have a pirate day! Make flags, pick new pirate names and hide some treasure onboard. Bring dress-up costumes, eye patches and fake moustaches to ensure maximum fun for your little buccaneers. Obviously walking the plank is not a suitable game!!
5. Roses and castles.
Go back to basics and unleash the pencil cases. Using paper plates, decorate the deck with traditional folk pictures of roses and castles. Kids can even make their own postcards to give to friends and families on their return.
"Give them little jobs to do. Chat to the other boaters and learn about the canal, as well as bird-spotting. Take photos of the bird life, especially the baby birds. My kids love that." Lucy Binney
"The histroy of canals, feeding the ducks and the country code." Neil Macdonald
"Useful knot-tying, roses and castles painting and butterfly bingo." Martyn Brown
"Pound shop pirate gear." Andy Powell
Last date edited: 12 August 2016