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
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.
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
The Shropshire Union Canal: Emergency Appeal
Part of the Shropshire Union Canal has collapsed and is in need of urgent repair. We've started an appeal to help with the restoration of this much-loved waterway
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
20 April 2018
Welcome to the latest edition. Before you head out to enjoy what is probably our warmest weekend in half a year please spare five minutes to have a read about what’s going on with the breach on the Middlewich Branch of the Shroppie, just how low we’ve got licence evasion and much more besides.
Posted by: The boaters' update
6 April 2018
Welcome to the latest edition, where you’ll find out what’s going on at the site of the breach on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal, what, as a boater, you should know about rivers in flood, and how you can encourage others to try out boating for free.
23 March 2018
In this fortnight's update you'll find news of the breach on the Middlewich Branch of the Shroppie, a round-up of what we've been fixing over winter, how to prevent pollution, the top nine things to do at this year's Crick Boat Show and much more besides!
9 March 2018
The latest edition of Boaters' Update answers your questions about the changes we announced to licence proposals earlier in the week. You'll also be able to read the first in a series of in-depth maintenance articles along with the latest news, events and this weekend's stoppages.
23 February 2018
It's meant to be a cold week ahead so, before donning your many layers, do please pre-warm by the fire with a nice cuppa and, while you do, have a read through this edition. You’ll find out about boating in France, the history of the Pocklington Canal (as it celebrates its 200th birthday), the latest news, events, stoppages and much more besides!
9 February 2018
In this edition you'll find out what jobs you need to be doing to keep your boat in tip top condition and which lock was the busiest in 2017 along with the usual round-up of news, stoppages, events and ways to get involved.
26 January 2018
Welcome to the latest edition where you'll find out what topics you said you most wanted to read about this year, a chance to win a free year’s licence for your boat, news of the country’s biggest inland waterway festival and the usual news, events and stoppages roundup.
12 January 2018
Welcome to the first 2018 edition of Boaters' Update. Now that we're well and truly into the new year, this inaugural edition focuses on plans for the next 12 months. Other than that you'll find news on boat licence auto-renewal, the latest news, stoppages and events.
Think of this blog as your one-stop shop for up-to-date boating news. It's packed full of useful information about boating on canals and rivers as well important safety announcements and upcoming events.
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