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.
Living on a boat can be wonderful. You can tailor the experience to precisely fit your needs; from a wide variety of boat types through to location and lifestyle.
Perhaps the biggest decision is whether to live on your boat at a long term residential mooring or to continuously cruise. Both have their benefits, and their costs. In summary, if there’s a residential mooring available in the right location and the right price then this would suit you if you have land ties in that particular area. If this sounds more like your cup of tea, you’ll need to start the search for a mooring.
If you’ve got the wanderlust bug and can commit to moving to a new place every 14 days, ranging over a reasonably wide distance before returning, then you might consider the life of a continuous cruiser. More information can be found on the continuous cruiser webpage.
If you're planning on continuously cruising then it's best to get an idea of what range of movement we'd expect you to be doing over the course of your licence period.
Just as you expect a land-based landlord to comply with regulations concerning safety and the like, it’s no different if the property happens to be a boat. Unfortunately the majority of people renting boats to live on are doing this below the radar, putting themselves at risk so we can’t recommend this option. Read more on our "renting a boat to live on" page.
Whatever your circumstances, even if you’ve been a leisure boater for years, if you’re considering living on a boat then take advice from those who are already doing it. The Residential Boat Owners’ Association is a good place to learn more. Of course, you could also just wander down your nearest towpath and grab a quick chat with an old hand.
Last date edited: 12 January 2017