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.
Hydrologist Emily Crisp tells us why the Trust needs a water resources strategy and how it's going to help us plan for the future.
Water is vital to the Canal & River Trust. Without enough of it navigation wouldn't be possible, wildlife and waterway businesses would suffer and the experience for our different visitors (including anglers, cyclists and walkers) would be much poorer.
To make sure that our future water supplies are secure we've created a new Water Resources Strategy.
We ran an eight-week external consultation on a draft version of the Strategy back in 2014 and received plenty of responses from you. We'd like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to get in touch.
Following the consultation we reviewed all of the responses, produced a consultation response document and used the feedback to help us develop our Water Resources Strategy.
The strategy sets out our work plan for the next five years (2015 – 2020) and looks as far ahead as 2050 to understand and respond to the longer term pressures and challenges. This is the first time that we have published our Water Resources Strategy.
Within the Strategy we have set out fourteen strategic actions, which we aim to complete within the next five years. These include:
Download the new Water Resources Strategy
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.