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.
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.
Posted by: The boaters' update
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
1 November 2019
Read on to find out about; how you can vote from a boat, news of next year's boat licence fees, a consultation on reducing emissions from boats, weeds, latest news, stoppages and events and more besides!
25 October 2019
In 2018 the National Waterways Museum Gloucester unveiled the final stage of its 3.5 year refurbishment.
Posted by: National Waterways Museum
24 October 2019
There has been a notable rise in girls wanting to get involved, including young Freya Sullivan, the subject of this article. The club's lead level 2 coach, Pat Byrne, takes up Freya’s story.
22 October 2019
My name is Nick Baggaley and I have recently joined the fisheries and angling team at the Trust. I cover two large areas, namely the East Midlands and London & South East regions.
18 October 2019
Welcome to this latest edition which is wide-ranging and big! There's everything from Council elections and fishing through to single-handed boating and the 'Oscars of the Waterways'! Of course, there's also the usual roundup of news, events and stoppages.