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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The diverse natural environment of our canals and rivers is one of the reasons they are such special places to canoe. Take to the water and you’ll get right up close to some of the country’s finest and rarest wildlife.
We want future generations of paddlers to enjoy the same experience that you enjoy at the moment. The ability to canoe along peaceful corridors of water, rich with flora and fauna.
We’re asking you to follow a few simple steps to make sure that you don’t accidentally disturb any waterway wildlife.
Our canal and river banks are home to some of the country’s rarest wildlife, including the endangered water vole. Please don’t ‘seal’ launch or drag boats into the canal as it can damage the bank. Float your canoe for launching, lift out when landing and carry it to and from the water.
Where possible please keep to any designated paths or launching points
When you’re on a river, please avoid paddling over gravel banks in low water conditions – they may contain fish spawn.
Try to keep as quiet as possible. By keeping any noise you make to a minimum you’re bound to see more wildlife.
Constantly assess the wildlife around you. If you see signs of disturbance move away quietly
Our waterways are home to many invasive species and we need to stop them spreading wherever possible. When you’re out and about on the water your boat and clothing can pick up fragments of plants and tiny creatures that we don’t want in another stretch of canal or river.
When you’ve finished your paddle please make sure to thoroughly clean all of your equipment and clothing. You’ll save us time and money battling invasive species, meaning we can spend more on making our canals and rivers even better places to be.
Please report any pollution, fly tipping or fish in distress to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.
If you see any birds or animals in distress on please call the RSPCA on 0990 555999 (24 hours).
For more information Download British Canoeing's You, your canoe and the environment leaflet.
Join Waterside Watch
If you're interested in waterway wildlife then join our Waterside Watch programme. You'll find out all about the creatures and plants that make their homes on our canals and you'll also get a free cuddly otter!
Last date edited: 31 May 2016