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?
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?
Giving in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Love your stretch
Celebrate your favourite stretch of canal or river
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
Trusts and foundations
We've used funding for a range of projects, using our canals, rivers and museums as unique spaces to transform lives
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Find out all about waterway wildlife by browsing through our blogs and features.
1 October 2015
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.
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?
20 October 2015
We know that spending time by water makes us all happier and healthier. Extend the benefits of your visit by taking some free foraged food home with you.
6 October 2015
Our ecologists work hard to make sure our waterways are diverse and provide the perfect habitats for a huge range of plants year-round. Visit us this month to take advantage of the sloes growing along our canals. You'll be able to make some budget-friendly gifts in time for Christmas.
13 August 2015
If you're in the vicinity of one of our canals or rivers at dusk then then come and see us. Whether you're out in the country or the centre of a city you have a good chance of spotting a bat on a calm evening.
Last date edited: 10 August 2018