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 provide short-stay moorings across the network, where boaters can moor for the signposted time.
Popular places can get very busy, so visitor moorings with short stay times are provided to help as many boaters as possible find space to tie up. Mooring is free for the advertised time period. If you decide you want to stay for longer, you may incur a £25 extended stay charge for each extra day you are moored. We will contact you to let you know this is going to happen if our sightings show you have exceeded the free mooring time.
If you’re planning a visit to central London and want certainty that you will have somewhere to moor when you arrive, you can pre-book a mooring for a small charge. Find out more about London Waterways pre-bookable moorings
Our canals and waterways are peaceful and tranquil places where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, please help us keep them that way.
In some places where waterways and buildings are in close proximity to one another there can be a risk of noise that may cause a disturbance. Quiet Zones are advisory areas where we ask canal users to keep noise to an absolute minimum.
In a Quiet Zone we ask that people avoid:
The decision to create Quiet Zones is made by waterway managers, but they would be expected to consult with local people, groups and parish/local councils before establishing a Quiet Zone.
Read the guidance on factors to be considered before creating a Quiet Zone