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.
We have a number of dry dock facilities around the country that can be hired by boaters or contractors to carry out repairs or maintenance to craft. You can now book online to use Wigan Dry Dock and Ellesmere Dry Dock.
These facilities are classed as workplaces which means you should take care to minimise the effect your work may have on yourself and on others.
Our guidance aims to help you make the best use of these facilities and to minimise the risk of an accident occurring whilst using the dry dock. It covers common issues that may be encountered and the procedure to follow to minimise risk. The content is provided as general guidance only; it does not aim to cover all activities or problems that may be encountered by the hirer, only an overview to assist planning.
Please remember it is the responsibility of every individual carrying out work in the dry dock to assess the risks associated with their activities. As a hirer or user of this dock it is your responsibility to carry out such a risk assessment and to ensure all necessary precautionary measures are in place for your activities.
Once you have read the guidance you can complete your application online. We will then use the information you provide to assess whether it is appropriate for us to grant you permission to carry out the requested work. Once you begin you will be responsible for your works - you will not be advised how to carry them out.
It is also your responsibility to ensure sufficient insurance cover is in place to cover loss or damage to the craft and any claims for injury or damage to third parties or their property caused by the works. We will ask for evidence of appropriate insurance before you are permitted to commence any work within the dry dock
If you have any questions then please call us on 0303 040 4040
Last date edited: 22 February 2017