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.
25 May 2016
When I joined British Canoeing last year, National Go Canoeing Week had just taken place. There was still a real buzz around the team around how well it had gone and it was fantastic to hear how many people had got involved.
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25 April 2016
Sian Marie Hughes cycles into work along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal each day. Here she tells us why her commute is so special.
3 February 2016
Maria Frost from the 1st Oulton Brownies tells us all about why the group chose to adopt a section of the Trent & Mersey Canal.
15 December 2015
Lauren White, our supporter engagement manager, explains why we've launched My Stretch, a new way for you to protect your favourite canal or river.
30 November 2015
It’s the second year Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving, has been officially recognised in the UK.
12 November 2015
As part of our ongoing work in youth social action, we're involved with a youth leadership programme called UpRising. UpRising teaches young people that anyone can be a leader no matter what background they come from. Shoaib Elahi talks about his work with UpRising and the Trust.
11 November 2015
Roger Distill lives onboard his narrowboat with his wife. As he journeys around our waterways he's discovered plenty of things about living aboard.
2 November 2015
I got really excited a few years ago when I heard that British Waterways was to become independent of government and be re-launched as a charitable trust. “I’d really like to get involved with that,” I thought. And I’m so glad I did.
Our guest bloggers all have a passion for our waterways, whether they are volunteers, staff or the experts we work with.