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.
15 October 2019
Jimmy Randell's widow Barbara got in touch with the Canal & River Trust following the sad death of Micky Thill in 2018. After a quick phone call to Barbara, whom I have known for a number of years, she agreed we could write a resume of Jimmy's match fishing career.
Posted by: The fisheries & angling team
8 October 2019
Dennis Hunt tells us about his experience as a Let's Fish coach stewarding for our Junior National Canal Angling Championships 2019.
4 October 2019
Welcome to the latest edition. Read on to find out about upcoming elections for our Council and how you can vote for boaters. There's also a roundup of your suggestions for future topics, a request for your expertise along with the latest news, stoppages and events (among others)!
Posted by: The boaters' update
2 October 2019
This year’s Angling Direct sponsored junior, youth and cadet canal championship was held on the Shropshire Union Canal on 15 September. Billy Pitman, 14, took part. Here he tells us about his day.
The nights may be drawing in, but there's still plenty going on your regional waterways. In this edition, we bring you news of our autumn forums, winter mooring sales, plans for an eco-mooring zone, new projects reaching into communities, and the chance to litter-pick and grapple in Milton Keynes!
Posted by: London & South East Regional Bulletin
27 September 2019
Reflections on the Division 2 National by Dennis Hunt
26 September 2019
Ramsbottom reflections on the national junior canal championships - Sunday 15 September marked Ramsbottom Angling Association first representation in the Angling Direct junior canal national. Level 2 coach Dave Marshall looks back on the day.
23 September 2019
The water management team got out and about in September to help with the final stages of the restoration of Lock 15 on the Grantham Canal ahead of the grand opening on 13 September 2019.
Posted by: The water management team