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.
If you're planning an event on the our waterways take a look at our FAQs.
What do we class as an event?An 'event' is a pre-planned activity that takes place on property owned or managed by the Canal & River Trust.
What if I don't have a computer? Am I still required to submit information electronically?In the rare case of having no access to a computer we will accept hard copies by post. Please be aware though that this will slow the processing of your application down.
Do I have to provide you with a risk assessment and public liability insurance certificate straight away?No, these will only be requested once we have looked through your application and agreed in principle for the event to proceed. If there is less than three months to your planned event all three may be requested.
What if I don’t sign or return the event agreement? Can my event still take place?No, if we have not received a signed event agreement your event will not be able to proceed.
Can I still apply to the Canal & River Trust for the event to take place if I provide less than three months notice?We will do our best to try and accommodate you, especially if this is the first time you have used Canal & River Trust land for your event.
Are unpowered craft (canoes, kayaks and rowing boats) allowed through tunnels?If part of an organised event and safely managed passage through the majority of tunnels is permitted.
Do all boats that take place in an event need to be licensed? Are there any special dispensations for charities?All boats must be licensed . Although there are no discounts for charity the good news is prices are very reasonable – visit our licensing pages for more information.
Once I have submitted my application how long will I have to wait to see in principle if my event can take place?The timing for this is not set in stone but generally you should hear back within a month of submitting your application. This allows the event contact to discuss your application with colleagues, talk through with other waterway users and also consider any operational issues that may affect your event.
Is there a charge to hold an event on Canal & River Trust property?The majority of events are free. However, if you have specifically requested the Canal & River Trust's help or support with an element of your event and we are able to help you may incur a charge.
Last date edited: 10 August 2015