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.
Ever thought of getting to know a city via its canals and rivers? As an alternative to the hustle and bustle of city streets by foot, we recommend canoeing as a fun and exciting way to absorb new sights and sounds from the comfort of the water.
Bored of shopping, sore feet and traffic jams? We have the perfect alternative for you and your family to escape the crowds - meander your way through a city and see things from a different perspective (on your bottom, in a canoe).
Canoeing in the city can be a fun adventure, and there are plenty of trails to choose from. It doesn't matter if you are new to canoeing or a pro - there will be trail for you.
London has a lot to offer in the way of canoeing. The Regent's Canal, Lee Valley and Limehouse Basin are all popular starting points.
Why not check out the Olympic Park and Three Mills on the Bow Back Rivers?
There is a lovely trail that runs on the River Witham, showcasing its lovely bridges, cobbled streets and cathedral.
Starting at Brayford you'll find yourself on a narrow canal that flows through the city.
With a hundred miles on offer, Birmingham has an extensive network of waterways for you to enjoy. You can explore the bustling city at Gas Street Basin, a lively junction and paddle alongside historical canal architecture and modern restaurants alike.
You can also get away from it all on winding suburban canals and some surprisingly rural branches. Go Canoeing have lots of trails and events for you to explore, why not check out 'Paddle to the heart', a fun day canoeing at Brindley Place.
For those wanting a mix of urban and rural, then the Peak Forest Canal may be what you're after. Dukinfield Junction to Marple Bridge is a two-hour route, which will take you through two tunnels and over an aqueduct (so not for the faint-hearted). Find out more about this route.
There are too many trails to mention here, but you can visit Go Canoeing for more information. From May 28 - June 5 it's Go Canoeing Week. Their Olympic-sized challenge involves you and anyone else wanting to spend some time on the water.
They have lots of starter sessions, guided tours and events for the Go Canoeing Week around the country.
Don't forget that your pets may want to come too...
Life at Go Canoeing
Join the journey with Cadi Lambert from Go Canoeing
Find out why we think canoeing is a good idea for your well-being
Last date edited: 27 May 2016