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 believe that running by water gives you even more benefits than your usual jog along the roadside.
We work hard to make sure that our towpaths stay open every day of the year so that they are always there for you when you need them. Make the most of these wonderful free spaces, ditch the road and explore these hidden worlds on your doorstep.
The scenery is better
Let’s face it, pounding the pavement isn’t exactly inspiring. Why don’t you swap concrete for canals this autumn and open your eyes to a whole new landscape. You’ll jog alongside colourful boats, see a cornucopia of wildlife and pass some of the country’s finest examples of historical buildings.
Relax your mind
Our waterways are the perfect place to escape from the stresses of everyday life. Take a run along one of our canals and you’ll relax your mind as you exercise your body. You may even find you can run for longer before you feel the burn in your legs.
You’ll get closer to nature
No matter whether you’re in the heart of one of our big cities or out in the countryside, our towpaths are teeming with wildlife. Will you be overtaken by the electric blue flash of a kingfisher or will you get lucky and spot an elusive water vole?
Escape the pollution
Who wants a lungful of car exhaust fumes? Take a run along one of our car-free canals and you’ll enjoy far fresher air. We’re sure you’ll feel more refreshed at the end of a canal run compared to your usual road route.
Our towpaths are great places to spend time, so they attract many different groups of people. To make sure everyone stays safe and has a good time please consider these tips when you’re out running
Find a place to run
With 2,000 miles of towpaths to choose from find your favourite route
Last date edited: 10 November 2017