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.
Mooring a boat is usually straightforward, but there are rules you'll need to remember. Our handy guide makes it easy to know where, when and how to moor.
Find out about long-term moorings, sometimes called permanent or home moorings
We provide short-stay (or visitor) moorings across the network
Waterside Mooring is the name for the permanent, long-term moorings managed directly by the Trust
Winter moorings give boaters across the country a chance to tie up for the season
Many moorings are provided by private companies and we have a wide range of towpath moorings on canals. You can also consider joining and mooring with a boat club (Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs). These offer a strong sense of community and can often provide cheaper moorings because club members share maintenance tasks between them.
Be prepared to shop around. Moorings are usually priced according to boat length and market demand, and there are waiting lists in some popular locations - particularly London, the south of England and the southern Midlands. For secondhand boat buyers, existing mooring rights do not usually come with the boat.
When you are on the move and looking for overnight stopping places, you may moor up on canal towpaths free of charge. The default maximum period that you can stay in the same place along the towpath is 14 days. Look out for signs that give more information, particularly at popular places.
If you have no ties (such as jobs, which tie you to one place or children at school), you can opt to cruise the canals non-stop, never staying at the same place for more than a fortnight. If you can't do this, then you'll need to have a home mooring before buying your licence.
Find boating services
You can find all sorts of information on our Local to You pages
Last date edited: 10 May 2017