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.
From the minute minnow to the predatory pike, the canal is home to all kinds of fascinating fish.
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Minnows and sticklebacks are some of the smallest fish in Britain, and so are prey for bigger fish like the pike and perch. The formidable pike will even snatch water birds, rats and frogs.
Other fish that live in the canal include the common carp, tench, roach, rudd and eel. They are an important food for some of nature’s top fishermen – the heron, kingfisher and otter.
Fishing is a popular pastime on the canal. The fishermen operate on a catch and return basis, so fish stocks are not depleted.
Whitehouse Bridge was built as part of the restoration project to allow boats to pass under the road. The original bridge had been demolished when the canal was abandoned.
This was deemed the best place for the new bridge, so the canal was re-routed. The old section of water was left to form an undisturbed wildlife haven.
The heron has a loud, harsh cry. You might also hear the beating of its huge wings as it passes.
Continue straight along the towpath, to the left of the welcome sign, rather than veering right. The next stop point is on the gate.
Last date edited: 17 July 2015