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.
The modern world comes packed full of pressures. And with so much going on, it can easily start to pile up. Stress – it’s something we all deal with at some point. Here at the Trust we believe people live happier, healthier lives when they spend time near water.
A simple step away from the hustle and bustle, onto the towpath and you’re instantly a whole world away from everyday life. Even in the heart of the busiest cities and towns, you’re never far from a cool, calm canal. A place to take a deep breath, shut out the noise and take life at your own pace.
A special place near you
Our canals and rivers are the perfect place to unwind. Find somewhere beautiful to take a walk, take a picnic or simply take a breath of air
Dr Philippa Moreton actively encourages her patients to explore their local waterways to relieve stress. She believed in the healing powers of the towpath so much, she even donated money to the Trust to help protect her local canals.
And it’s because of that kind of generous support that our expert staff and dedicated volunteers can continue their work to make life better by water - for everyone.
There’s a whole world of new and interesting places to explore and enjoy. Whether it’s urban water sports, running, cycling, relaxing with a coffee, meeting friends or popping into a floating bookshop - you’ll find your own space on the canal.
Discover what's local to you
Find local walks, new running routes, places to visit and ways to get involved with our work in your area
Your local waterway is so much more than just a towpath. And we’re working hard to make sure that there’s always more going on across the whole country.
We work with artists, we develop art programmes and engage with local community groups. We do it because we believe in bringing people together, to spark creativity and give people places to escape to.
Your local waterway is more alive than ever before – it’s a perfect place to relax. So take some time out this Stress Awareness Month and take a fresh look at the canals and rivers where you are.
We'd love to tell you more
Our newsletter is packed full of exciting updates and stories of how our work has helped local people and communities. Sign up today, and join us for the journey
Last date edited: 15 March 2018