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
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
The Shropshire Union Canal: Emergency Appeal
Part of the Shropshire Union Canal has collapsed and is in need of urgent repair. We've started an appeal to help with the restoration of this much-loved waterway
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
2 November 2017
Hear from Hannah Warren, who is on a volunteer student placement with us learning about the work we do, and helping with our arts programme. Hannah has also devised three pop-up, improvised performances of her own in which she interacts with selected canal heritage spaces along the waterways.
Posted by: The guest blog
11 August 2017
Changing Places is an exhibition currently touring England, produced by Film and Video Umbrella, which is part of our Arts on the Waterways programme. Mike Jones, Technical Manager at Film and Video Umbrella, talks about the challenges and rewards of presenting contemporary artists’ film and video in heritage buildings.
13 September 2016
Meet Cassie, our filming and campaigns executive based in London. She's a keen cyclist on our waterways.
9 September 2016
When folk talk about 'the cycling revolution' and the growth of cycling in the UK, they’re not talking about the amazing haul of gold medals we’ve just seen at the Olympics – awesome as that is.
12 July 2016
It’s the Tour de France (yay!) and two weeks ago, because our comms team have got there finger on the pulse they gave me a shout. “Everyone will be going cycling mad, so it’s a good time to promote Share the Space, Drop your Pace – do you want to write a blog?” “ Yes!”, I say … because it’s a great idea and I’m always flattered to be asked to do such things.
10 June 2016
Richard Spencer, one of our senior project managers, gives us an update on how we're repairing our waterways after the Boxing Day floods.
6 June 2016
My name is Dan and I have recently volunteered with Canal & River Trust. I am the Junior Boys Captain at Runcorn Rowing Club and here is how I got involved with the Helping Hedgerows Project.
25 May 2016
My name is Linda Butterworth. I am a project officer within the national environment team and I would like to tell you the story of our hedges.
Our guest bloggers all have a passion for our waterways, whether they are volunteers, staff or the experts we work with.