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.
On Wednesday I travelled down Lapworth 18 in about three hours. I passed about a dozen boats coming up and had the help of four Trust staff.
The staff who helped me were Adam Comerford, who lives by the Grand Union Canal in Warwick and works at Hatton as head of hydrology - that's water supply and control to you and I. Also Leeds-based Jenny Whitehill, national own moorings manager. Both experienced boaters. Also newly joined Lindsay Milner and Pearl Smith from the Brum-based fundraising team - now they know a bit of what boating is about.
We stopped at the bottom of the flight for tea - we'd had sandwiches on the go down the flight. Admired the Lapworth yard buildings and a nearby barrel vaulted cottage. Then north up the Grand Union Canal and Knowle Locks where they all left. Goodness, some of those Knowle paddles were stiff!
Thursday: I was single-handed today. Left about noon, stopping on the way at Katie Barnes to shop - and pick blackberries. Towpath nicely cut all the way. I could see where the spot dredger had been active. Went down Camp Hill locks following a single handed guy delivering a boat from Crick to central Brum - he wasn't used to the area so I showed him to way to Ashted Locks. Four boys helped me down Garrison Locks by opening/shutting gates and I let them raise paddles. I think it's a good idea to engage with the local youth - no point in their thinking the canal is not for them.
John Dodwell was formerly one of our 10 trustees. He owns Helen, a 51ft old BCN tug/icebreaker which draws 3ft and is based near Stourbridge, West Midlands. His waterways interest goes back to the early 1960s.
John’s been involved in the waterways since the early 1960s and he enjoys all aspects of the waterways. To pick out one oddity, he was pleased and surprised to see about a dozen herons this June around the BCN Main Line, including two under the M6 motorway!