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.
Starting a new chapter this September? Consider learning a new skill by volunteering
The holiday season is over. The leaves are starting to change colour. It's time to go back to school. It's definitely September! As I write this, I am preparing to help heritage colleagues at the Heritage Craft Alliance Heritage Skills event in Yorkshire. We have a successful skills training programme and ever keen to spread the word about the benefits of volunteering, I thought I'd lend a hand. My opinion is, it's never too late to start learning, and September always make me think of learning a new skill or trying my hand at something new. Volunteering can help you try something new and discover hidden talents you never knew you had! Just lately I have met a number of volunteers interested in various roles, and many have ended up doing a different role to the one we originally started discussing! So if like me, September signals the start of a desire to try something new, take a look at our volunteering pages. It could be the start of a new chapter. To finish this month, I promised you last time news on an exciting new opportunity. Well the best things come to those who wait, and this is no exception! There are plans for a boat:lockage project for all you gongoozlers out there (those of us who love to spend lazy hours watching boats) starting in spring 2016, but we are just tweaking the final details. I do promise to share this with you as soon as I can, until then enjoy the autumn colours starting their show along the canals and rivers......
Amanda is a volunteer coordinator for the Technical Team within the Trust. Whether it’s finding a student for a long-term placement with the environment team or assisting the hydrology team with a team of volunteers to count boat movements, she can be counted on to find the right people for the role. Amanda joined the Trust in July 2012 and previously worked as the Volunteer Leader in the East Midlands. She has worked at other charities in people engagement roles, but is at her happiest besides the water.