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.
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
Every year, when birds are starting to nest in late Spring, over several weeks they fill the air with the wonderful and greatly varied sounds of the bird songs
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
Each year there are two periods of migration, spring and autumn.
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.