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
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
The Shropshire Union Canal: Emergency Appeal
Part of the Shropshire Union Canal has collapsed and is in need of urgent repair. We've started an appeal to help with the restoration of this much-loved waterway
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Find out all about waterway wildlife by browsing through our blogs and features.
15 March 2018
In recognition of Invasive Species Week ecologist Tom King has outlined why tackling invasive species helps make life better by the water for everyone who visits.
15 February 2018
When was the last time you took time out of your busy schedule to notice the world changing around you? We think you will enjoy your day more if you spend just 15 minutes walking along the canal on the lookout for signs of spring.
2 February 2018
We know that our waterway wildlife is one of the main reasons our canals and rivers are such a special place to visit. So, while most sensible mammals are snugly tucked up for the winter, our team of ecologists are out and about making sure our waterway wildlife continues to thrive.
4 January 2018
This winter we’re spending £38 million on repairing our waterways to keep them open and accessible to everyone. Almost every different team from the Trust gets involved with the work in some way.
6 December 2016
During the long winter months, many of our waterway birds pack up and migrate to warmer climes. But for those who stay behind, winter can be tough.
26 September 2016
Scrunching leaves, vibrant views and the red-tinted, orange and golden hues of autumn make for some breath-taking places to visit on the nation’s beautiful waterways.
1 August 2016
Killer shrimp, minks and Aesculapian snakes: Trust ecologist Dr Mark Robinson explains why some invasive species are causing havoc on our waterways.
3 December 2015
Winter’s a great time to spot waterway wildlife so wrap up warm and pay us a visit
27 November 2015
Our canals and rivers are glorious places to walk in the winter and we have 2,000 miles of pedestrian-friendly towpaths for you to explore. This winter, escape the noise and hustle of busy city streets and step onto the towpath into a calm and tranquil world.
3 November 2015
What’s your favourite thing about autumn? The amazing colours, the musty autumnal smell in the air or the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot?
Last date edited: 8 December 2017