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.
Britain’s beautiful rivers and canals aren’t just for those with boats – they also make the perfect setting for a walking holiday, with so much to enjoy.
Whether you enjoy walking to keep fit, walking as part of a group, slow saunters through the countryside or longer jaunts the length of the country, there will be a route along the canals and rivers to suit every ability and interest.
While many people opt for a day out by the water, spending a little longer opens up so many more possibilities and a walking holiday on the canals is the perfect way to make the most of the British countryside.
In addition, the NHS says: “Walking will increase your muscle tone, boost metabolism, ease stress, raise energy levels and improve sleep, which combined can also help you lose weight.” What more of an excuse could you want to book some time out of your usual schedule and make your way down to the water?
It's not just health benefits that make a walking holiday on the canals an attractive option. Where else but by the water would you get to see such a diverse range of wildlife? Whether you are a twitcher at heart or just enjoy feeding the ducks your crusts, the bird life by the canals is unrivalled.
Our canals and rivers are also home to cuter creatures, with water voles and otters gracing lucky walkers with occasional sightings. If you're walking with children, try keeping their interest throughout the day by compiling a list of butterflies and other flying insects.
Our canals and rivers provide a huge range of walking options for all abilities. As many canals are relatively flat and accompanied by canal towpaths, they make an excellent option for those new to walking holidays or those who like to have a more firm footing. And it's almost impossible to get lost.
Accommodation is never a problem by the canals with a number of options to suit all tastes and budgets.
Hotels and inns can be found the entire length and breadth of the canal and river network, while for those more adventurous types camping is always an option. Hotel boats offer a more unusual alternative for those who want to immerse themselves in a watery experience and there are even companies who will organise your accommodation for you with luggage transfers included.
A weekend is long enough to enjoy a couple of days walking and you could perhaps take in a circular route one day and the next set out in the opposite direction and catch public transport back to your starting point. For a longer family holiday why not alternate days between walking and leisure attractions near the canals?
Our canals and rivers provide a perfect holiday setting year-round. What could be more satisfying than frost covered trees overhanging the canal in winter, spring bulbs and ducklings or summer greenery accompanied by birdsong?
Last date edited: 21 December 2017