Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
Winter open days
Our open days offer a different perspective of our waterways, a behind-the-scenes look at the great work we do. A free day out for all the family.
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.
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?
Volunteering in partnership
Want to make a real difference to your community? You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year
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
100% of your donation will be used to make life better by water
Canals are better with Friends
Becoming a Friend by making a monthly donation is one of the most effective ways to support our work
Leave a legacy
Will you leave a gift in your Will to keep the canals and rivers you care about alive?
Give in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Give in celebration
Got a favourite place in mind? Dedicate it in celebration of a loved one today
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Use My Location
Read the latest blogs from the team at the Canal & River Trust.
7 April 2021
Angling match results brought to you by Steve Cope
Posted by: Angling match results
The angling world recently reflected on and celebrated the life of popular north west and Ted Carter Southport squad-man Barry Thomas who hails from Darwen. Over his long and distinguished match fishing career, Barry picked up no fewer than 11 team event national medals.
Posted by: The fisheries & angling team
In the Let’s Fish! national celebration of young people and fishing, it’s possible to be a winner in so many ways. Many families tell us they enjoy the experience so much that it has inspired them to not only spend more time going fishing, but learning more about the different fish species and the wider canal environment. It brings whole families together.
30 March 2021
The waterways chaplains work across the inland waterways to support boaters in need, helping to resolve a wide range issues from access to benefits and healthcare to being a listening ear and companion to the lonely and anxious.
Posted by: The boating team blog
29 March 2021
When photographer James Shenton and his toddler Nancy were in lockdown, they escaped for a daily walk on the Peak Forest Canal. This scenic canal runs past their back garden towards Marple Locks. Getting to know the characters on the canal gave James a wonderful idea. He tells Waterfront more about the stunning portraits he started to capture on the towpath.
Posted by: Waterfront
Few of us have dedicated our lives to canals quite like Ian McCarthy. From a magical boyhood boat trip, to becoming part of the restoration movement, to being a member of the Canal & River Trust council today, Ian has enjoyed, restored and served canals proudly all his life. Waterfront caught up with him to hear more.
26 March 2021
Welcome to the latest edition. Below, as we edge towards a return to boating, you'll find out stoppage information for your region as you plan for your first cruise. You can also read good news about booking passage on the Bridgewater Canal and details of a trial change in the way we mow towpaths as well as the curious cases of ‘sticky fuel’ and what to do if you come across the problem on your return to your boat.
Posted by: The boaters' update
24 March 2021
This is the third in our series about dredging, and we’re taking an in-depth look at all the elements that go into planning a project.