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.
Canoeing on our canals and rivers is a great way to spend quality time with your family.
By canoeing on our canals and rivers, you’ll enjoy fresh air, exercise and have far more fun than you would at the cinema. To help you get started we’ve put together our top tips for canoeing with kids.
Many clubs have a junior or family section and are the best, cheapest and most social way to get into the sport.
You'll find that most clubs run starter sessions that the whole family can join. These are a great way to pick up some skills, get acquainted with your local club and most importantly have some fun!
If you’re just getting started and have young children look for venues where you can have a go, have fun and get dry easily.
Clubs are great for this but there are also lots of commercial providers who will hire you equipment both with and without an instructor. The British Canoeing website can help you find your nearest club or centre.
Before you go out and spend a lot of money on equipment do your research and try out different types of boat. You can do this by joining guided sessions at your local club and asking others about their own experiences.
If you’ve got very young ones a Canadian Canoe could be your best option as they are more stable, have more room and not everyone has to paddle. Older children may prefer a bit more independence, making kayaks more of a suitable option.
If you’re going it alone think about your route, your equipment and the weather. Have you got all of the safety equipment that you need in the right sizes for everyone in your party? Have you got wet weather clothes and towels in case you get wet?
It's also a good idea to check that your route is open, especially in winter when we carry out a lot of restoration work.
You can also use our maps to see how many locks are on your route, where the pubs are and where you can access the canal.
Canoeing will help you see places from a different perspective, spot wildlife you’d not see otherwise and enjoy places that many others don’t get to go. It’s a beautiful world, get out and paddle.
Find out more about canoeing
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?
Last date edited: 26 October 2015