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.
I’ve changed. At first the signs were subtle. There were very small, almost imperceptible, involuntary modifications to my behaviour.
Occasionally things would happen...
Like repeatedly mentioning to anyone who would listen every time I watched an episode of Poirot that David Suchet is, in fact, a keen Narrowboater.
I would stand bemused in a sandwich bar, digging the depths of my memory to recall that ‘BLT’ does actually mean something other than ‘boat licensing team’ to the rest of humanity.
Or the disproportionate indignation that boiled silently under my skin when someone asked me what I did for a living only to respond with “Oh, so you work for the water board.”
But the behaviour widened, deepened and became more ingrained and now I know that I’m beyond help, of any kind, because:
But, most of all, whenever I say ‘us’ or ‘we’ now I’m actually referring to me and my 1,500 colleagues, 2,000 miles of waterways, 1,583 locks, 55 tunnels, 2,963 bridges, 337 aqueducts, 73 reservoirs, 63 sites of Special Scientific Interest, 1,000 wildlife conservation sites, 600 miles of hedgerow, 2,700 listed structures, 49 scheduled monuments, 33,000 licensed boaters, many hundreds of volunteers who gave us 38,940 days of their time last year, over 5,000 Friends, 10 million yearly visitors….
You probably get the idea.
Sarina joined us in 2008 as our customer services co-ordinator. Among other things, she manages our national customer service team, complaints procedure and requests for information made to the Trust. She says that the most important thing to her is to be able to go home and feel as though she’s achieved something, however small that might be. Her job is hugely satisfying, widely varied, full of deadlines, immensely interesting, sometimes challenging and no day is ever the same, although some are surprisingly familiar!