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.
19 July 2018
Not many fishing clubs have been around for nearly 15O year and not many officers do a 60 year volunteering stint, but Brian Crowhurst who passed away last year reached such a milestone. Bryan Dray takes up the story...
Posted by: The fisheries & angling team
16 July 2018
Angling match results brought to you by Steve Cope.
Posted by: Angling match results
The Water Management Team tell us about the Peter Wolf Symposium, a conference for early career hydrologists, recently hosted by the Trust. The event was an opportunity for attendees to learn about other science in the field, practice their presentational skills and meet other like-minded scientists.
Posted by: The water management team
13 July 2018
The latest edition of Boaters' Update has a watery feel to it. Specifically, what we're doing to conserve it on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, how to keep your water tank clean and composting toilets on boats (OK, that last one is actually more about something that usually uses water but not in this case!)
Posted by: The boaters' update
Hello and welcome to the July update from the London volunteer team. There's a huge amount going on this month on the waterway so read on for news of Towpath Taskforce events, new volunteer roles in London Docklands, awards success and most importanly the summer BBQ.
Posted by: London volunteering team
12 July 2018
The picturesque Cotswold village of Gretton became the location for a family science event on 7th July. Hosted by the Cheltenham Science Group, the Canal & River Trust Education Team were invited to bring along their popular STEM activities used for school visits and workshops at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester.
Posted by: The Education Team
9 July 2018
5 July 2018
I recently met up with a group of 'whippersnappers' who each in their different ways have found fishing to be a wonderful tool for their personal health and wellbeing.