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.
We own a lot of property both commercial and residential. I am currently involved on a national project with property colleagues to assess potential environmental risks on our commercial sites. The work has taken me out to a number of sites, however a recent visit along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal took an unexpected turn.
The site visit started off as normal, with a chat to the current tenants, regarding the activities that are undertaken on site and a review of any permits/licences they hold. Whilst walking over the site, we came across a moorhen at the bottom of a pit partially filled with water.
The moorhen was looking very sorry for itself. With help from the site staff, we managed to make a collecting implement and pulled the bird out. After leaving it in the open for 10 minutes, it was obvious the bird was not going to fly off, so it was taken back to our warm office.
Later on the moorhen was taken to a wildlife rescue centre in Tewkesbury and I am happy to report that after a night in the centre, the bird was released back onto the canal. The moorhen was still in its juvenile stage and once it had fallen into the deep pit, was just unable to fly out – hopefully it’s learnt a lesson!
Sara has been with the Trust for 17 years, working in the environment team. She is a senior environmental scientist and will cover waste and water quality issues. She works closely with the South Wales and Severn Waterway team but her work will also pick up national issues, such as the Water Framework Directive.