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
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
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
The Shropshire Union Canal: Emergency Appeal
Part of the Shropshire Union Canal has collapsed and is in need of urgent repair. We've started an appeal to help with the restoration of this much-loved waterway
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Take a closer look at our canals and rivers and discover new ways to enjoy them
27 February 2018
What is it that makes our waterways so quintessentially English? And, so attractive to millions of visitors every year? Here’s our guide to some of the more curious canal quirks for tourists to spot this year…
2 February 2018
We’ve asked you what you’d least like to receive this year. You weren’t shy in letting us know that underwear and chocolates will not be well received.
29 January 2018
Looking for inspiration this February half term? Read our top tips for keeping all the family entertained for free – with fresh air in abundance.
9 January 2018
Finding it difficult to get down to your nearest canal? Go on a VR adventure instead.
6 December 2017
David Mould is one of our senior hydrologists. Here he tells us a little bit about his role and why he finds hydrology fascinating.
28 November 2017
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There's not a lot of shopping days left 'til the big day. Every shop seems to be heaving with people, bags and prams. Then there's the Christmas music! Let's help you escape with our stunning 360 VR videos...
This year we're counting down to Christmas on the canals with our advent calendar of exciting events, festive activities and great gift ideas - just scroll down to open one door a day for some seasonal surprises...
16 November 2017
We know that Black Friday isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so we’re offering you an escape from the retail onslaught. Let us help you empty your worries, rather than your wallet.
15 November 2017
Don’t get caught up in the Black Friday hysteria this year. Save yourself some money and plenty of unneeded stress by avoiding the sales and escaping to a much more rewarding environment.