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.
Exploring our canals and rivers by canoe can help you get fit, closer to nature and allows you to experience our waterways from a totally new angle.
Our ongoing work to care for canals and rivers means that many people have the perfect canoeing spot virtually on their doorstep. Nearly two million people already go canoeing in Britain and with more people trying it every day, isn’t it time you gave it a go too?
Licensing your boat
Find out what you need to do to take your boat on the water
Find a place to paddle near you
Canals are great for beginners and experts alike and you’ll find plenty of canoe clubs on our network, who can get you started or build on your existing skills.
Our canals and rivers are the perfect place to learn how to paddle
Explore our waterways and get fit at the same time
The Desmond Family Canoe Trail
Come and hear more about the work we are doing with 2,000 young people to create the country's first ever coast to coast canoe trail
Check your route
If you're planning on a paddle check your route to see if we're carrying out any conservation work in your area
Share the space
We love it when everyone gets along together. Find out how to share our canals with others