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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Our arts programme is transforming places and enriching lives. It provides artists with time and space along the waterways where they can slow down, research and make ambitious new work responding to important social, environmental and heritage questions.
The programme supports us in our mission to change public attitudes to its canals and rivers and engage with a wider diversity of people who live alongside them. We want the arts to help local people reimagine their waterways for the future.
You might wish to take a look at some of our highlights for the coming 12 months.
Taking its name from a poem by Ian McMillan telling the story of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Super Slow Way is working with communities across the North West to deliver a range of different art commissions and residencies inspired by this very special waterway.
The Ring is a series of events and commissions celebrating the region’s canals and rivers, focused around the 21 mile circle of waterways made up by the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, the Droitwich Canals and the River Severn. Artists will draw their inspiration while connecting with local people and the area’s cultural heritage before producing an original memorable artwork or performance in 2018. Weekend-based events will excite and draw new visitors to the waterways and towns and tie-in with local arts festivals.
Writing a blog incorporating incisive, satirical poems the Canal Laureate, Luke Kennard, continues to reveal his humorous, surreal canal-side journeys. Luke Kennard is the second Canal Laureate appointed by the Canal & River Trust in partnership with The Poetry Society. Luke’s poems and surreal observations from the narrow fluid road are published on the project website www.waterlines.org.uk
We are delighted to be a partner with Film & Video Umbrella for Changing Places, a remarkable touring programme of moving-image work by artists from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that will be presented in ten venues across England during 2017 and 2018. Five of the venues are unusual waterways buildings that the Trust manages or supports. Changing Places addresses the idea of people and places in transition, alluding to the topical phenomenon of migration.
For another summer, The Floating Cinema will again be returning to our waterways bringing its eclectic cinematic experience. This year UP Projects has commissioned artist, Harry Meadley, to create On the Bench, a series of nine short films. Working in collaboration with residents from the towns and cities along the canal route from Sheffield to Hull, the work will feature the artist in conversation with key community members as a way to explore contemporary life in Yorkshire.
There are many opportunities for you to get involved in our Arts on the Waterways programme, whether that be attending an exhibition or performance, or heading to one of our many art events along our waterways. To keep in touch with all the latest news and events and to find out more information about our projects, please head to our Arts on the Waterways pages below
Arts on the waterways
Come and find out more about our Arts on the Waterways programme.
Last date edited: 29 March 2017