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.
It always amazes me how many other waterway groups there are in Britain besides the Canal & River Trust.
All over the place there are societies, trusts and associations that are passionate about saving, restoring or raising awareness of their own special waterway.
I’ve got a great personal interest in all waterways heritage; not just that entrusted to our care and when I get the chance I like to take a look at some of the less familiar (to me, at any rate) gems of waterway heritage. One recent example is Navigation House in Sleaford, which stands behind a stone wall with an interesting gateway. The house was built in 1839 as the company offices of the Sleaford Navigation; it has been restored and is now the Sleaford Navigation Trust’s visitor centre.
The Sleaford Navigation Trust does a great job in working towards securing more of Britain’s waterway heritage. Over the next few years I’m aiming to give a series of talks to groups like this, up and down the country. It’s a great way to share knowledge, ideas, maybe some technical support, and tell people who are busily championing their own waterway heritage about how the Canal & River Trust works to conserve its own historic sites and buildings.
As national heritage manager, Nigel’s role is to lead the Canal & River Trust’s team of regional heritage advisers in England and Wales. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in the conservation, archaeology and interpretation of historic buildings and places. He is a member of the editorial board of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He has written numerous articles concerning heritage conservation and is the author of several longer published works, including the English Heritage Book of Canals.