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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
In association with British Cycling, we take a look at the best canal and river rides around. The question is, do you agree? Know somewhere worth adding to the list? Why not share it with us on Facebook?
Put together with the team from British Cycling, here are a few of the best canal and river towpath routes that, we think offer great opportunties for cycling. Whether you’re escaping the concrete jungle for a few hours or simply trying to get from A to B.
Here in the UK we’re blessed with thousands of miles of traffic-free waterways, providing a perfect environment for novice riders, families and seasoned cyclists alike.
What’s more, the largely flat routes are tailor-made for those of us who enjoy a gentle meander in the sunshine. So, what are you waiting for? Here are ten of our favourite routes to get you started...
Cycling on the towpath is a great way to get around, or just explore and find new villages, towns or places of interest. The Canal & River Trust is responsible for around 2,000 miles of towpath, and 50% of the population live within five miles of one!
Joe Sammon, Canal & River Trust
Please share the space...
See what cyclists and other towpath users are doing to share the space along our canals and rivers
Last date edited: 12 April 2017