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?
Giving in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Love your stretch
Celebrate your favourite stretch of canal or river
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
Read the latest blogs from the team at the Canal & River Trust.
17 January 2020
Welcome to our first regional Bulletin of 2020. The weather may be fresh and the nights still closing in early, but there’s been lots going on over the winter and plenty to get involved in to shake off those Christmas calories.
Posted by: London & South East Regional Bulletin
This latest edition updates on our £43.6 million programme of winter works, how we're tackling canalside vegetation, boater representative elections and new ways for you to help us care for our wonderful waterways.
Posted by: The boaters' update
17 December 2019
We've held a number of meetings with boaters who have a physical or mental impairment to give them the opportunity to find out what we're doing to support disabled boaters.
Posted by: The boating team
16 December 2019
In this article, John Essex recalls the work and career of the first England junior team manager. Not many anglers will remember the name of Roy Jeffery but in my opinion, during his lifetime, he deserved to be on the Queens New Year's Honours list for his contribution to junior angling.
Posted by: Angling history
13 December 2019
Welcome to the final edition of 2019. As has become tradition you'll find a message from chief exec Richard Parry, a review of the year's big stories along with details of how to get in touch over the Christmas period.
29 November 2019
The latest edition gives you advice on how to prepare your boat for the winter ahead, tunnel and water safety and news of the 34 boaters who want to represent you on our Council. Of course, there's the regular roundup of other boating news, events and stoppages.
15 November 2019
Welcome to the latest edition packed full of advice for boating through the winter. You can also find out about our Open Days and why you should consider a cruise on the Pocklington Canal. Of course, the regular news roundup, latest stoppages and events also feature.
7 November 2019
This year’s Angling Direct Canal angling junior champion, Ben Keeling, enjoyed the experience so much he sent us this account of the most memorable day in his fishing career to date.
Posted by: The fisheries & angling team