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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
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.
There’s no question that a walk by the water leaves you feeling refreshed, revitalized and ready for anything. Whether it's the dark evenings or even the central heating in your office that is leaving you cold, getting out and about in the fresh air will make everything seem better. And the winter months can be some of the most beautiful on the network.
Whether you’re a seasoned birder or just out for a winter walk, our canals and rivers can be a great place to spot birds this season.
You can’t walk too far along a towpath without stumbling across the welcoming lights of a friendly pub, café or teashop. Perfect to warm you up en-route. Of course our canals and rivers also offer historic lock flights, charming hump-backed bridges and glimpses of the past such as rope marks and mile posts, which all add interest to a winter walk.
The wonderful thing about walking along our canals and rivers is that the ground is (nearly) always flat and it’s (virtually) impossible to get lost. So you can go wherever takes your fancy. Lace up your walking boots, head for your favourite canal and simply follow your nose. Find your nearest canal on our local to you page.
Alternatively you could check out our recommended places to visit and take a canalside stroll while you’re there. Remember, not all of the featured attractions will be open over the winter, so it might be worth checking before you set off. However, the countryside is just as beautiful whatever the season and our historic canals are open for everyone to enjoy, all year round.
When you’re out walking this winter please remember to wear appropriate footwear and wrap up warm. It’s always a good idea to take a snack along with you and a thermos flask full of something hot and tasty is priceless when you’re out and about on a crisp winter’s day.
There's plenty going on by your local canal this winter. Take a look at our events pages to make sure you don't miss out
Last date edited: 22 December 2017