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.
Throughout the year, our canals and rivers play host to all sorts of events and activities, from bat walks, guided tours and festivals to boat trips, open days and floating markets. Search below to see what's happening near you.
With our partners, we have created a thriving network of canals and rivers that traverse the country. These vibrant accessible spaces provide the perfect location for events of all shapes and sizes.
If you're planning an event on our waterways let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and take a look at our event planning pages first.
We also have a range of volunteering opportunites that you can take part in. If you're keen to volunteer for the Trust then have a look at our volunteer opportunities page for further information.
12 January 2018 to 15 July 2018
National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port
Revisit of Clifford Morris' photography from the turn of the millennium to reflect on the many changes to the landscape that have taken place during the intervening years.
13 January 2018, 11am to 18 March 2018, 3pm
Puppet Theatre Barge
Come along to the puppet theatre barge for an adventure that all the family can enjoy.
26 February 2018 to 31 December 2019
Would you like to meet new people, enjoy the changing seasons and make a difference to your local canal? Our volunteer Towpath Taskforce teams could be just the thing you're looking for.
16 March 2018 to 10 June 2018
The Illustrated Travel Diaries of Eileen Burke
18 March 2018, 9:30am to 1pm
Come along to this joint event organised by us and the Warwickshire IWA, and help clean up this area of the canal.
24 March 2018, 11:30am to 3:30pm
Come and discover the Kennet & Avon Canal and nature reserve.
25 March 2018, 10am to 4pm
Shropshire Union Canal Bridge 129
Free 'learn to fish' sessions from the Canal & River Trust. Our Level 2 professional angling coaches will show you the ropes - or at least the rods, baits and nets. It's a fun family day by the water.
27 March 2018 to 3 April 2018
Visit the National Waterways Museum this Easter to take part in a host of family fun activities. Check dates for details.
30 March 2018 to 2 April 2018
Easter, and the annual boat gathering, is always a significant event in the waterways calendar as it marks the official start of the boating season.
30 March 2018, 10am to 2 April 2018, 5pm
South of Haywood Lock
This Easter head along to Great Haywood Easter Floating Market.
Iron Bridge Lock & Cassiobury Park Locks
Head along to the Cassiobury Park Floating Market.
31 March 2018, 9:30am to 2 April 2018, 3:30pm
Anderton Boat Lift
Visit Anderton Boat Lift this Easter weekend for FREE family fun at our Easter Eggstravaganza.
If you're holding an event on one of our waterways we'll add your event to our listings if you email us at email@example.com. Don't forget to send a picture!