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.
Through our work we're helping more people enjoy the benefits of cycling alongside some of the country's most stunning waterside scenery. Taking to the towpaths on two wheels is a great way to get some exercise and with thousands of miles of fairly level, traffic-free towpaths, you can enjoy them whatever your age or cycling ability.
Providing green corridors through our cities and linking our towns and villages together, you can use our towpaths to enjoy an afternoon out with your family, a traffic-free route to work or even a week-long tour of the country.
We welcome all considerate cyclists to our towpaths and you don't need a permit. However, make sure you check out our Towpath Code before you take to the towpaths.
Check your route
If you're setting off on a towpath trip then take a look to see if we're carrying out any restoration work on your route before you go.
Transport for London (TfL), the London Boroughs, The Royal Parks and the Canal & River Trust are creating a network of quiet cycle routes throughout London
Canal & Park activity days
From free bike checks to family fun - check our events listings for a Canal & Park activity day near you this summer
Great canal and river rides
Some of the best cycle routes along our waterways - in association with British Cycling
British Cycling’s Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women riding bikes for fun and fitness. Our amazing Breeze Champions are helping thousands of women feel fitter and more confident on a bike.
To find out more head to Breeze Rides
Cycling’s even more fun when you do it with other people. So British Cycling created Ride Social – an easy way to find other like-minded cyclists and get out on your bikes together. Join Britain’s biggest social cycling network to:
Find out more at Ride Social
We'd love to tell you more
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