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.
Novice towpath explorer or seasoned cyclist? Welcome to our expert tips for two-wheeled adventurers.
Towpaths are beautiful green corridors through towns and cities that connect villages and hamlets without having to deal with cars and buses. They’re also nice and flat, all of which makes them increasingly popular terrain for cyclists.
But - there are a few things to bear in mind before you begin your bike ride along a waterway.
Thorny bushes and hedge trimmings can cause a puncture, so always take a spare inner tube or puncture repair kit and consider plastic-reinforced tyres if you’re commuting.
Not all our towpaths are made of concrete or tarmac. Many are gravel and even more are just grass. Avoid cycling where your tyres would damage the path or verges – most damage happens when paths are wet or soft.
Cyclists don’t tend to use bells much any more, probably because no-one would hear them over the Number 38 bus. But on the canals, it’s a key part of your kit. So is a smile and a ‘thank you’.
Watch out for anglers' tackle and give them time to move it before you try to pass. We do have guides for anglers on how to keep their kit safely off the path so everyone can enjoy the space.
Remember that pedestrians have priority. If you encounter oncoming pedestrians or cyclists beneath bridges, give way to them and be extra careful at bends and entrances where your visibility may be limited. It’s a different pace to cycling on the roads.
While the majority of our waterways are open to cyclists, please keep an eye out for ‘no cycling’ signs along the way. YOu may need to dismount where needed and use common sense in busy or restricted areas, recognising that pedestrians have priority.
We recommend that you don’t cycle towpaths after dark, but if you do, please use front and rear lights. Look out for mooring ropes and pegs where boats are tied up.
Top tips for sharing the space
Watch our videos on how sharing the space brings a better ride
Join our Towpath Taskforce teams
Our teams of regular volunteers meet up and down the country to help us care for their local waterway. Join us today
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