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.
If you’re preparing for any kind of a trip on a boat, whether you’re a continuous cruiser, paddler or holiday maker, you can make sure your journey goes without a hitch by using our website to plan your journey.
You can use our interactive maps to help plan your route and find all sorts of information about the waterways you’ll be travelling on, from how many locks you’ll have to pass through to the location of tunnels, visitor moorings and water points.
There's an interactive map on our Local to You page. Simply pop in the rough location of your travels (using a nearby town or postcode if you have one) and what you want to see there.
You can choose to see the information in a list or a map format.
If you’re using our maps and you see a marker with a number in it, this means that there is more than one entry at this location. You can either click on it to see a list or zoom in further to see the entries separately.
If you spot any incorrect information when you're looking at our maps please use our online map correction tool to let us know about it.
It's a good idea to take a look at the dimensions of our waterways before setting off. You don’t want to end to try and squeeze a Dutch barge into the Huddersfield Narrow because you didn’t do your homework! However, waterway levels can vary greatly depending on the seasons and how much rain we’ve had so please use our dimension document as a rough guide only.
Download waterway dimensions
You can check your route for any stoppages, navigational advice or opening time information before and during your travels.
All you need to do is tick the boxes next to the waterways you’ll be travelling along, choose the type of information you want to see and the dates you’ll be travelling and then you’ll be presented with a list of all of the notices relevant to your journey.
You can also sign up to receive alerts via email. Every time a new stoppage or advisory notice is added to the waterways you’ve selected, we’ll send you an email to tell you all about it.
Visit our stoppage and notices pages
Strong stream warnings tell you about conditions which may affect navigation, such as increased river flows or variable heights in water level.
You'll need to book your passage before you travel through some of our bridges, tunnels and locks, as well as the famous Anderton Boat Lift:
You can make sure your journey goes without a hitch by booking online.
These guides list information we have on our facilities and stoppages.
Download a boaters' guide today
Get a cheaper holiday
Become a Friend of the Trust and you'll enjoy a 10% discount on your next boating holiday
Last date edited: 8 December 2017