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
Take a closer look at our canals and rivers and discover new ways to enjoy them
15 November 2018
On 19 November we’re joining with other charities to say a big thank you to our supporters. Find out how your volunteer time and your donations have helped us to make life better by water.
To celebrate heritage lottery funding we're offering free treats to National Lottery players at our museums between 3-9 December.
7 November 2018
If you’re a regular visitor to our museums and attractions, you’ll know they all have gift shops packed full of family favourites and canal-themed goodies. So, this Christmas, we thought we’d share a few of our customers’ favourites.
24 October 2018
Many things happened for the first time during the 1700s. Sir Robert Walpole became Britain's first prime minister, Handel's 'Messiah' got its first performance, Captain Cook led his first expedition to the Pacific, and the first edition of the Times was published in London.
It's not unusual to see dogs on boats, and they've been boaters' companions for many years. Check out these four-legged canines from our archives.
17 October 2018
Here at the Canal & River Trust we believe that life is better by water and this is why we spend so much energy making sure our waterways are always open and welcoming.
12 October 2018
Kittens fishing from the pontoon, canine companions and a python under the fridge: Peter Watts explores the practicalities of live aboard pets.
4 October 2018
Here at the Trust we’re proud to support This Girl Can, encouraging women everywhere to take part in healthy activities on our canals and rivers.
28 September 2018
London’s canals and rivers are increasingly appearing on TV and in feature films.
26 September 2018
Get away, without going away - visit your local canal or river for a free family day out. Download one of our free guides below and discover how life's better by water.