Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
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
Winter open days
Our open days offer a different perspective of our waterways, a behind-the-scenes look at the great work we do. A free day out for all the family.
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.
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?
Volunteering in partnership
Want to make a real difference to your community? You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year
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
100% of your donation will be used to make life better by water
Canals are better with Friends
Becoming a Friend by making a monthly donation is one of the most effective ways to support our work
Leave a legacy
Will you leave a gift in your Will to keep the canals and rivers you care about alive?
Give in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Give in celebration
Got a favourite place in mind? Dedicate it in celebration of a loved one today
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Use My Location
5 June 2017
Did you know we manage 63 of the UK's most important wildlife sites - Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)?
Posted by: The environment team
5 May 2017
When birds are starting to nest in late spring the air is filled with the wonderful and greatly varied sounds of birdsong. This can go on for several weeks and is celebrated around the world with International Dawn Chorus Day.
27 March 2017
From March 27 – April 2 organisations across Britain, including us, are coming together for Invasive Species Week. Although it sounds like a celebration, it’s not, we’re raising awareness of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) and, hopefully, inspiring people. Including your good selves, to take action to prevent their spread.
21 February 2017
We work hard to make our canals and rivers havens for nature, and soon these peaceful corridors will be alive with the sights and sounds of spring. Come and see what you can spot as the warmer weather brings new life to our waterways.
7 February 2017
At the magnificent Caen Hill lock flight in Devizes, we are using funds generated by our biggest array of solar panels, to install a series of silt curtains that amongst many other benefits, help dragonflies to thrive.
We are supporting #showthelove, the campaign that looks towards 100% clean energy within a generation. Here, Gavin Beat, our Green Plan Developer provides insight into our energy reduction work, the challenges we face and some of our aspirations for clean and renewable energy.
5 October 2016
Autumn migration takes place as soon as the temperature starts to dip and it's a great time to spot birds on the move.
5 September 2016
Find out more about the iconic birds that share their home along our waterways.
The Canal & River Trust has top team of committed experts and enthusiasts, who help to protect our waterway environment and improve it for both people and nature. Follow this blog to find out more about the hugely varied work they carry out.