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.
The towpath at Hatton locks needed a makeover.
Staff, including the Water management team who are largely based at the Hatton Locks office, put aside their keyboards and pens and picked up a spade for a day. The towpath outside the offices had been wearing away and puddles had formed, leaving people to trample the grass verge.
Here is a picture of the towpath before we started. In front of us, we had 40 tonnes of gravel, a mound of top soil, 4 wheel barrows and spades. We all got to work.
To lay the new towpath, we placed a wooden frame, which was the width of the towpath, and filled it with the gravel. There were several people with spades manning the piles of gravel and top soil, who filled the wheelbarrows as they shuttled back and forth. The topsoil went down the edges of the path and the whole thing was raked over and levelled.
We used a compactor to set the gravel in place. As the day went on and we moved further and further down the towpath, we made use of the tractor to shuttle the gravel.
Since our work on the top section of the flight, almost all of the towpath down to Warwick Parkway train station has been renewed by other volunteers and staff. The work has been greatly appreciated by the staff that commute to work via the towpath.
Get involved and volunteer
All our work, including towpath restorations, would not be possible without the help from all our fantastic volunteers. There are so many ways to get involved.
Support our work
We also need your help to ensure that, in our increasingly fast-paced and crowded world, your canals and rivers become and remain vital local havens for both people and nature.
The water management team spend their days making sure that we have just the right amount of water in our canals. Here they share some of the highlights of their work with us.