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.
Canoeing is a great way to explore our waterways and get fit at the same time. Read our top 10 reasons to give it a go and then find your nearest canoe club.
1 - There’s nothing like exercise in the fresh air to make you feel good about yourself. Even if you’re just taking part in a gentle paddle, being outside and close to nature will lower your stress levels, help you sleep better and make you a happier person overall.
2 - You’ll get closer to nature. Waterway wildlife is generally less shy around paddlers, so you’ll spot things that walkers and cyclists rarely get to see.
3 - You’ll meet new and lovely people. Paddlers are a cheery bunch. It must have something to do with spending so much time outside. Most clubs have a thriving social scene and attract members of all ages and interests so you’ll widen your circle of friends considerably.
4 - You’ll look great in a tank top. Canoeing uses most of the muscles in your arms and shoulders – it’s wonderful for toning your upper body.
5 - Paddling gives you something to look forward to. Next time you’re staring out of the window of your dreary office block imagining you were somewhere else, picture yourself leaving the office, driving to your nearest waterway and pulling on a wetsuit. Imagine getting into a canoe and floating out onto perfectly still water where nothing else matters.
6 - It’s fun! Nearly two million people in Britain go canoeing each year. Have you ever seen a grumpy person paddling?
7 - The whole family can get involved. Canoeing is a very accessible sport and is great for kids and adults alike. Rather than taking your kids out to the cinema and sitting in silence why don’t you take your kids canoeing? Spend some quality time with them and make great memories that will last them a life-time.
8 - It’s cheaper than you think. When you’re starting out canoeing you don’t need to go and buy all of the equipment at once. Many canoe clubs will offer free taster sessions and hire out equipment at very reasonable rates.
9 - The sport can be as extreme or gentle as you like. Whether you want to paddle along a calm canal or take on an adrenaline-inducing white water course there really is something for everyone.
10 - It will broaden your horizons. Once you’ve mastered the basics, one of the best things about canoeing is the myriad of different places it can take you. Explore the canals and rivers in this country or set off to paddle the length of the Zambezi. The options are endless.
If we’ve inspired you to try out canoeing and you want to take the next step, then find out how to get started.
Last date edited: 25 August 2015