Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
Winter open days
Our open days offer a different perspective of our waterways, a behind-the-scenes look at the great work we do. A free day out for all the family.
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.
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?
Volunteering in partnership
Want to make a real difference to your community? You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year
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
100% of your donation will be used to make life better by water
Canals are better with Friends
Becoming a Friend by making a monthly donation is one of the most effective ways to support our work
Leave a legacy
Will you leave a gift in your Will to keep the canals and rivers you care about alive?
Give in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Give in celebration
Got a favourite place in mind? Dedicate it in celebration of a loved one today
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Use My Location
1 August 2019
I have just spent a week by the Oxford Canal. Everyday I walked the same stretch of towpath from Jericho, at the heart of Oxford city’s canal history, upstream for several miles, and back.
Posted by: Jasper Winn
27 March 2019
Litter, when one thinks about it, is pretty interesting stuff. We all know what it looks like when it's on the ground or in the water but how did it get there? I don't mean just who threw it down or dropped it, but what was it before it was litter?
6 February 2019
I love weather. All weather. Even the kind of weather that gets described as ‘miserable,’ ‘bad’ and ‘worst in living memory.’ Weather is the dynamic expression of the planet we live on. Weather in all its forms and movements shows that the earth is still alive and breathing.
9 January 2019
One of the many joys of slow adventuring along the canals for a year was researching curious, or plain odd stories about the waterways. Some were folklore, some strange footnotes to history, whilst more revealed aspects of the canal world that were surprising to me. Here are six that were enjoyable discoveries.
28 November 2018
One of the biggest surprises when I began travelling the canal system was discovering just how many miles – yes, miles – of the waterways are underground.
22 October 2018
Follow Jasper's journey as he discovers the significance of dogs on our waterways.
1 October 2018
'What are you going to write about?' is something I heard a lot when I was appointed as the Canal & River Trust’s writer in residence. It seemed a reasonable question. Indeed, it was a question I was asking myself.
24 February 2017
What defines a canal? Tricky question, that, but let’s keep things simple. So, water obviously. A long stretch of water that can take boats between one place and another. A towpath beside that water. A lock, or two, or ninety. A few ducks, perhaps. And, then, I would suggest as pretty much essential, cafés.
Author, photographer and broadcaster Jasper Winn has been appointed as our first ever ‘Writer in residence’. He will be blogging about the stories of the people living, visiting, working and volunteering on our waterways.