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.
Everything went very smoothly for the teachers and pupils – not quite so smoothly for us. I managed to get caught in a torrential downpour and one of my volunteers went for an unexpected swim!
Explorers’ volunteers are officially superstars! June is always a very busy month for our museums and attractions, particularly with visits from school pupils. Not only have the volunteer teams been busy with school groups, they have also been running activities at events, taking historic boats around the network and helping me plan summer holiday activities.
We had a fantastic two days out at Lymm Historic Transport Festival where around 400 primary school pupils took part in a bridge building challenge, rag rugging, puppet making and tours of three historic boats. Everything went very smoothly for the teachers and pupils – not quite so smoothly for us. I managed to get caught in a torrential downpour and one of my volunteers went for an unexpected swim!
I always enjoy getting feedback from school visits, so I was particularly pleased this week to get a nice pile of thank you letters from a year 2 class who visited recently. As I read through each letter I was glad to see that the children had remembered lots of information about their visit – amusingly, they also provided me with a detailed list of the items they had each bought from the shop at the end of the day.
Finally, I’ve had a wonderful work placement student with me from Wirral Grammar School for Boys. Here is his (uncensored!) take on museum education . . .
“When I first found my work placement at the museum, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect; I was pleased to be surprised. I’d never been interested in history, usually going in one ear and out the other, but thanks to The National Waterways Museum, from engaging voyages on narrow boat trips to the joy of learning and teaching with excitable young school children, I have never been so exhausted from the past. I have gained lots of experience and knowledge at the museum, but I only have the welcoming and friendly staff to thank for their support.”
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.