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.
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.
1 February 2018, 9:30am to 28 February 2018, 5pm
Head along to the Montgomery Canal Photographic Exhibition this February.
10 February 2018 to 25 February 2018
This half term bring the family to the National Waterways Museum and enjoy our special activities.
19 February 2018 to 27 February 2018
To celebrate World Book Day, National Waterway’s Museum Ellesmere Port are inviting young people between 11 and 16 years old to take part in our Young writers challenge 2018.
20 February 2018, 10am to 23 February 2018, 11am
This half term come along to the Dudley Tunnel for a day of family fun.
23 February 2018, 6pm to 10pm
Nottingham Castle Wharf
Join us at Castle Wharf for a magical evening where light installations and projections will transform the waterway.
23 February 2018, 7pm to 24 February 2018, 9pm
A Boaty Theatre Company performance for their assigned national Theatre Connections Festival play.
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!