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.
What an eclectic month April has been!
We started the month with some felt making workshops for teenagers, worked with our local children’s centres on activities for 0-5s, repaired and cleaned all our costumes, interviewed and appointed a new member of staff, officially joined the Canal & River Trust education team, carried out consultation with teachers and ran our usual quota of school visits – phew!
I have been lucky this month to have Associate Teacher Ben Smith-Richards on placement with me as part of his BEd teacher training course. He has been a fantastic help and has tackled some tricky projects over the course of his placement. He has also been kind enough to contribute to this blog . . .
Ben says: "When I was given a place at the National Waterways Museum for my non-standard placement, I was unsure of the challenges I would face and how they would aid my professional development. Coming to the end of my fourth and final week in Ellesmere Port, I have had a fantastic experience working alongside Helen.
I was thrown in at the deep end (not literally!) right from the first day, as Helen gave me a number of tasks to complete during my time at the museum. They involved reviewing risk assessments, team teaching workshops for school visits, redesigning and differentiating a Maths trail for children in Key Stage 1 & 2, and arranging visits to local primary schools to carry out consultations with pupils and staff for a new exhibition.
I have been able to use my creative skills combined with my initiative to complete all of the tasks I was given; allowing me to practice my specialism resulting in a great progression for my professional development. Thank you Helen for giving me an invaluable experience."
Helen Evans is the learning officer for our museums and attractions. She joined the National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port) in 2010, following eight years of secondary school teaching. Helen lives in Macclesfield and is a keen long distance runner, competing for Macclesfield Harriers.