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.
If you’ve never taken a boating holiday before now’s your time…
Are you ready to take the most relaxing holiday you’ll have ever have?
Boat holidays are a great way to unwind whatever the weather so forget about your usual tourist trap. Take a look at our top reasons to take a boating holiday and get booking.
It’s the fastest way to slow down. With speed limits of 4mph and hundreds of miles of tranquil unspoilt countryside to cruise through, stress levels are reduced and a whole new much steadier pace of life takes over
Get a taste of freedom. The majority of our inland waterways offer boating holiday-makers free moorings, so you’re are free to choose where they stop for the night.
Use your muscles. Working locks, exploring local footpaths, historic sites, towns and villages, cycling the towpaths and standing at the tiller enjoying the fresh air are all the ideal antidote to stuffy gyms and office blues
It’s a greener way. A boating holiday is estimated to be some 20 times better for the planet than spending two hours flying for a holiday overseas and as soon as you swap your car for a boat, you’ll be using a third of the fuel and emitting a sixth of the pollution
A pub is never far away. There are hundreds of waterside pubs alongside our canals and rivers ready to welcome you after a day of boating
History is all around. Thousands of historic structures make up the waterway system, including: the soaring majesty of the World Heritage Status Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the awe-inspiring three-mile long Standedge Tunnel cutting through the Pennines.
You'll be surrounded by nature
Waterways provide homes for large numbers of birds, plants and animals, including many protected species, so there’s always something special to look out for
You can lap up the luxury. Today’s canals boats are fully equipped with all the essential mod cons: central heating, hot water, TVs, DVD-players, showers and flushing toilets. Many of boats now offer wifi too.
Try something new. It’s easy to learn how to steer a boat and navigate the waterways. You don’t need a licence and operators offer free tuition as part of their hire package.
Find out how to organise a boat trip
Take a look at our guide to getting afloat for a few days or weeks
Check out our favourite locations
Our canals and rivers connect hundreds of fascinating places to visit. Find out what you could see on your travels
Last date edited: 2 March 2018