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.
Cycling is fun for all the family, a great way to keep fit and one of the most enjoyable ways of exploring Britain's beautiful canals and rivers.
You know what they say about riding a bike? Once you learn, you never forget. What's more, with an estimated 27 million bikes across the UK - the evidence suggests that many of us own one.
Is your bike one of the hundreds slowly rusting away in the garage or garden shed? Now's the time to blow away the cobwebs and take it out for a spin.
Cycling is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise. It's free (especially if you already have the bike) and it's something you can do with all the family. Alternatively, if you fancy a bit of peace and quiet, nothing could be nicer than a leisurely cycle ride along a tranquil river or canal.
According to NHS advice, a person who weighs 80kg will burn, on average, more than 650 calories by cycling for an hour. That’s over two Mars Bars or three pints of beer, depending on your vices.
As well as burning calories cycling increases fitness. Your strength, stamina and major muscle groups will all benefit from regular cycling.
It's a low weight bearing/low impact activity. Because the bike itself carries the weight of your body, cycling is a much safer, lower impact form of exercise than sports such as jogging. This also means that people with joint problems are often able to cycle.
It needs low levels of skill. This isn't ice-dancing or rock climbing. Most people can ride a bike - and most people enjoy doing it. All you need is a bit of confidence.
Add to that the positive health benefits that studies show come from being in a soothing waterway environment, and the case is clear. Get on your bike, visit your local canal or river and pedal your way to health.
Find a place to cycle
Our canals and rivers are lined with great places to visit and set out on a cycle ride from. Find a place to visit near you
Last date edited: 8 December 2017