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.
Greg Brookes, our new Coast to Coast programme manager tells us why he's excited about getting started.
As the new programme manager for the Desmond Family Canoe Trail I am pleased to be joining the Canal & River Trust.
The Desmond Family Canoe Trail is an exciting and innovative project aimed at creating the first national canoe trail from Liverpool in the West to Goole in the East using the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the Aire & Calder Navigation.
We're going to identify 10 key locations along the route, engaging young people and their families through 17 Canoe Action Squads. Working with key partners identified in local communities, young people will direct the shape and delivery of activities and identify any support centred upon their needs and those of the community.
My experience and background developed from my love of canoeing, I would spend each and every available hour at my local centre, eventually persuading my youth worker to put me forward for a coaching course. I passed and never looked back, the phrase 'like a duck to water' was never more appropriate, I was happy in it, on it and even under it, and began to use my enthusiasm to inspire those around me to try canoeing for the first time.
More recently I have focused more on youth engagement and how outdoor education experiences and learning can be used to increase confidence, build resilience and create opportunities.
I believe that youth work is a partnership, a journey that you take together with young people, empowering them to take ownership of their decisions and direct the support that our Trust can provide to enable them to achieve and maximise their potential.
I am a professionally qualified youth and community worker and qualified coach/instructor/leader in many adventure sports including canoeing & kayaking, sailing and cycling and enjoy taking part in these activities with friends and family.
As a keen canoeist and cyclist I have completed a number of long distance trips by canoe and bike including the River Dordogne in France and cycling London to Paris to raise money for Diabetes UK.
If you're aged between 15 and 25 and would like more information about our Canoe Action Squads please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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