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.
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.
We followed ecologist Tom King to find out how he makes sure our waterway environment is protected throughout our winter repair programme and series of open days.
Sometimes we need to chop back trees to get access to a site. Our environment team make sure we don’t damage them when this happens.
We need to keep an eye on the type of litter that gets pulled from the canal during repair work to make sure it hasn’t polluted the water, potentially damaging wildlife.
We need to remove any plants that can cause damage to lock gates, while making sure that any of the non-damaging plants are protected.
When we drain the locks there can be sediment at the bottom, which we need to remove. We need to test it to ensure it is not going to be harmful to our staff and can be disposed of safely.
We often get a diverse selection of unusual plants growing from within our walls and locks. We try to protect these areas and only remove a minimal amount of them.
Reed beds are an important wildlife habitat so we work hard to protect them and move as little as possible.
We hold open days throughout the winter so that you can come and meet our staff and find out how we care for our canals and rivers
Last date edited: 12 January 2018