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.
To fish on any of the 2,000 miles of canals, rivers and reservoirs we look after, you will need:
A rod licence - gives you the legal right to use a fishing rod or pole. Buy it from:
A permit - gives you permission to fish the actual stretch of water – depending on who manages that stretch. Buy it from:
Issued by the Environment Agency (EA), one rod licence licences up to two fishing rods. You'll need one before you fish on any inland waters. This licence, however does not give you permission to fish anywhere.
You still need to get permission to fish from the owner of the fishing rights or the angling club that controls the fishing on that water. There is no free fishing on any of our own fisheries.
You can fish on stretches where fishing rights not rented out to clubs, but you'll need to buy a Waterway Wanderers permit first.
Rod licences are available from any post office in England and Wales, by phone on 0344 800 5386 and online at www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence. You must buy it before going on site to fish. The maximum fine for fishing without a rod licence is £2,500.
Anyone aged 12 years (and 13 as from 1 April 2018) or over must have a rod licence. If you’re under 13 you don’t need one – but your parent or guardian will do if they’re fishing with you!
From 1 April 2017:
Your rod licence doesn’t entitle you to fish anywhere.
You’ll still need permission from the owner of the fishing rights. All fishing rights in inland waters are owned by someone. Fishing rights on most rivers are owned by private landowners or by angling clubs with only a small number of stretches available to fish with a rod licence only. The Canal & River Trust – that’s us – own 2,000 miles of canals, rivers and reservoirs. So, you’ll need a permit from us or the controlling club where we own the fishing rights.
You can find out more about our Waterway Wanderers permits here.
The fishing rights on the majority of our waterways are rented to local clubs. For these fisheries, use our Find a Fishery search tool for details.
If you are unable to find what you’re looking for on our webpages, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01908 302533. Please provide the name of the waterway, nearest bridge or lock number, postcode or town.
Last date edited: 4 January 2018