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.
Our canals aren’t just pretty places to visit. Thanks to our ongoing efforts to make our canals welcoming to everybody you really can work, live and play by the water. So, the next time you’re facing a dreary meeting, why not move it to your local canal or river and unleash your creativity?
We all know that sitting in meetings can be a bore. Uninspiring plain walls, questionable coffee and some turgid PowerPoint slides if you’re lucky. Here at the Canal & River Trust we don’t believe that’s the way to get the best from people so we’d like to challenge you to move your next meeting to the canal.
Public Health England has recently been promoting walking meetings as a way to combat stress and reduce back pain in the office. There’s no downside to this. As well as creating happier workers and bringing down barriers between colleagues, there’s a good chance fewer sick days will be taken and more will get done.
If you’re having a one to one with your line manager or another colleague why don’t you take a stroll along your nearest towpath while you do it? We don’t just keep the towpath in good condition. We make sure that all of our canals and rivers are the perfect place for relaxing, so if you need to scribble something down there are plenty of benches where you can take seat and get your notepad out.
We work tirelessly to make sure our towpaths are open and accessible year-round. However, try as we might we can’t control the weather. This doesn’t mean you have to take your meeting back to the office though. There are hundreds of pubs with windows looking out over our canals and rivers, where you can schedule a meeting and benefit from the creativity our waterways will inspire.
We understand that sometimes you do need a more conventional meeting space. If you’re holding a meeting but still looking for somewhere to spark some creativity then our museums and attractions can play their part. You can book rooms at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, Standedge Tunnel and the Anderton Boat Lift. At Gloucester Waterways Museum you can even hire a recently refurbished boat to hold your meeting on.
Find your next meeting venue
Explore all of the inspiring places to visit along our canals and rivers and make sure your next meeting is next to the water
Last date edited: 10 November 2017