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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
If your little monsters are prone to complain that they’re bored on the first day of the holidays then take a look at our free ways to keep them entertained.
When was the last time you took a trip to your local library? Do you even own a library card? The UK has over 4,000 libraries and, as well as lending out a humongous range of children’s books, many of them run events especially for children.
Whether it’s craft-making, story-time or creative writing there’s bound to be something taking place near you.
2. Feed the ducks
This activity never gets old and there are always plenty of ducks grateful for the odd snack. Be creative with the snacks though - avoid giving them bread and instead treat them to left-overs like salads, rice and peas. Have fun finding out what your local ducks like to eat.
If you take your town for granted why not get reacquainted with it this summer? Have a wander and challenge your kids to spot the oldest building by their date stone.
Find out about local events and markets – most towns and villages have their own website full of local information. You could event explore your local museum. If it’s a little dull invent a game to play with the kids. What’s the biggest or smallest thing they can find in a display case?
Forget about the contents. The packaging is where it’s at. Next time you’re at the supermarket pick up a few spare cardboard boxes and challenge your children to turn them into space rockets, Ferraris or teddy bear houses.
Encourage them to decorate their creations using cut outs from old magazines or newspapers. Hours of fun for next to nothing.
Take a trip to the water
5. Take a trip to the water
Our inland waterways have everything you need to create a memorable day out with your family. To help inspire you on your visit we’ve prepared a series of local guides with activity ideas for youngsters. Spot some colourful narrowboats, feed the ducks or simply enjoy a picnic down by your local lock.
Last date edited: 31 January 2018