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 enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
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?
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?
Giving in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Love your stretch
Celebrate your favourite stretch of canal or river
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
Trusts and foundations
We've used funding for a range of projects, using our canals, rivers and museums as unique spaces to transform lives
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Read the latest blogs from the team at the Canal & River Trust.
2 November 2018
Welcome to the latest edition - it's a big 'un! You can find out what we've been recently fixing (and what plans we have for the winter programme of repairs and restoration), how one piece of legislation 50 years ago saved our waterway network and why we think there should be more freight on the inland waterway network. As ever, there's the usual roundup of boating news, this weekend's stoppages and upcoming events.
Posted by: The boaters' update
31 October 2018
Ivan Marks is forever associated with a group of Leicester teammates collectively known as the ‘Likely Lads’. This article, brought courtesy of Mark Wintle, author of Ivan Marks and the Likely Lads examines who the other members of team were, touches briefly on what made each one special and updates us on where they are today. Of course, if you really want to find out the full story you need to buy yourself a copy of the book, unless you win one in our competition.
Posted by: The fisheries & angling team
Some practical hints and tips for boating safely with your dog.
Posted by: The boating team
Most people agree that the real value of fishing is in the health and wellbeing it gives you: the fresh air, the peaceful meditation of waiting for the fish to bite and the camaraderie of your fellow anglers. But did you know it has a vital economic value too?
29 October 2018
Angling match results brought to you by Steve Cope.
Posted by: Angling match results
25 October 2018
The Grand Union Canal Three Locks, Stoke Hammond was the venue for our last scheduled Canal & River Trust ‘Lets Fish’ event this year, held on 7 October.
24 October 2018
Hydrologist, Reyes Martin-Gonzalez, tells us about her recent trip out with Boating buddy, and former Canal & River Trust trustee, John Dodswell, and his trusty narrowboat ‘Helen'.
Posted by: The water management team
22 October 2018
Follow Jasper's journey as he discovers the significance of dogs on our waterways.
Posted by: Jasper Winn