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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
31 March 2014
The Explorer’s team have spent many hours preparing for the Education Show at the NEC, including designing and writing text for a new education leaflet, creating our stand, building new website pages . . . the list goes on!
Posted by: Helen Evans
3 March 2014
This month has been all about plotting and planning!
27 January 2014
My new year got off to a worrying start! I seem to have accidentally landed myself the role of 'chair' for the Education Resources Association – a group of Cheshire museum educators.
17 December 2013
We’re into the swing of Santa Cruises at the Museums & Attractions. They're going down a snow storm, as evidenced by this quote from a recent email.
22 November 2013
As ever, I have had a very exciting month – admittedly, it doesn’t take much to get me excited!
8 October 2013
There’s been lots of excitement in my little museums and attractions education bubble recently. I’ve been starting work with Anderton Boat Lift and Standedge Tunnel. It’s been fantastic working with Tim, Carly, James and Mikaela to plan volunteer recruitment, promotion and development of their schools offers.
28 August 2013
The Museums & Attractions Explorers teams have been busy running family activities throughout the summer.
23 July 2013
I was lucky enough to be on annual leave for the first week of July, just when the good weather started! Consequently, I enjoyed a relaxed start to the month in Pembrokeshire, doing a bit of coast path running and playing with the dog on the beach – if only every month could begin like that!
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.