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
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We'd like to show you the ways we have created living waterways, enriched lives and transformed places during 2015/16.
It's that time of year again when we can reflect on the past 12 months. A time to once again celebrate all the hard work, extraordinary passion and determination shown by everyone in the Trust, our volunteers and partners, whose dedication to these precious 200-year old waterways, ensure they will be used and enjoyed by generations far into the future.
During a typical two week period, 4.4 million people visit one of our waterways. Some may only use the waterways once, others may visit most days walking their dog or commuting to work.
Discover more highlights through our interactive Story Map
The Trust is unusual in the charity sector as it generates over 60% of its income from commercial sources with just over 1% from donations. It also has a large proportion of its total income from reliable income sources:
The proportion of the investments remaining in property, excluding JVs, at 31 March 2016 was almost 81% with the largest element of this being ground rents:
We have increased spend on our charitable activities essentially due to major infrastructure works, emergency repairs and third-party funded projects which included 51km of towpath improvements.
Canal and rivers belong to us all, and we have lots of case studies showcasing all the wonderful work and initiatives that have taken place over the past year. Click on the images below to read more about each case study.
The Desmond Family Canoe Trail
Thanks to the Desmond Foundation 10,000 young people will help design a coast-to-coast canoe trail.
2015 saw the Macclesfield Canal awarded the coveted Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality green space
In 2015 we were delighted to complete work on the first phase of our joint venture with Muse to transform the area around Brentford Lock
A Million Hands
We were selected to partner up with The Scout Association, which launched in October 2015
In 2015 we introduced the new role of development & engagement manager to work with our waterway partnerships and help
achieve their aims and ambitions
The People's Postcode Lottery
Over the past four years support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery have helped us introduce a diverse range of projects.
We've always got lots of work going on across our waterways that we are proud to share with you. Find out more about our campaigns, restoration plans and how we can make a difference.
Our campaigns aim to enrich the lives of everyone who uses our canals and rivers and reach those who haven’t discovered them yet
How we make a difference
Our projects have been made possible thanks to donations and volunteers, take a look and see what we’ve been up to in your area
Thanks to the tireless efforts of restoration trusts and societies, over 200 miles of canals have been restored since the turn of the millennium.
Read the full annual report
For more in-depth details about what we've been up to over the past 12 months, read the full report.
Last date edited: 18 October 2016