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.
Today Steve, Collections Officer, and I went on a very interesting trip, by car, along a section of the river Severn. Chris Witts was our guide and we stopped at a number of viewpoints and historically important locations.
One of the opportunities today, which we are so pleased we had, was a tour of the Freshspring - a vessel built in 1946 to carry water to larger ships out at sea. The inside workings and cabins are substantially intact and they are wonderful in the functionality and engineering. There are for example different colours to the valves for the different types of “working” water, ie steam, sea water and bilge……..
The tide was only just coming in as we left, but we could really sense the might of the Severn towards Sharpness. Chris told us a number of frightening stories about working life on the river and the hazards faced by crew and skippers.
We are working on the re-display of the collection at the waterways museum and aim to include much more about the River Severn than could be found in the previous exhibition.
The Gloucester Waterways Museum is currently closed for a refit and will reopen in Summer 2016. We're going to keep you up to date with what’s going on behind the scenes give you previews of the new galleries.