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.
Are you tired of the treadmill of daily life? Does your social life need a shake-up? Have you moved to a new area and want to make friends with the locals? Either way, our quick guide to meeting new people will help.
It may sound harsh, but if you need to meet new people then you need to start doing things in a new way. This may mean taking up a new hobby or class (see below for more) or it may be as simple as tweaking your existing routine. As a first step, you need to identify some place local to you, where lots of lovely people congregate. Then you need to go there equipped with a smile and some small talk. Our number one tip is, don’t bury your head in a book!
Starting an evening class just to make new friends is possibly a bit extreme – but if there’s something you’ve always fancied mastering then why not take the plunge? Chances are you’ll meet a group of like-minded people (say a group of people who all want to learn about Chinese watercolour painting) and you’ll be seeing each other regularly for a good couple of months at least.
The same principles apply – if you volunteer for something that interests you then it’s likely you’ll meet people with similar interests. Plus it’s free, plus you get the warm satisfied glow of knowing you’re giving something back. Take a look at our volunteer pages to see the wide range of opportunities on offer. Whether you’re an outdoorsy person, an indoorsy person, a people person or a wildlife-lover, we’ve got something for you.
Everyone’s good at something (according to my kids’ school motto). What are you good at? Are you a secret chess genius? Join a local league. Are you good with numbers? Join just about any club or society and tell them that you’re willing to be treasurer. Handy with a shovel? Our Towpath Taskforce teams will snap you up.
The very best way to start talking to new people is when you’re all about to do something new that scares you a little bit. Take a course in white-water rafting, or abseiling, or mountain biking. Too extreme? Try canoeing, or public speaking, or life drawing.
Volunteers have more fun
Whether you want to help wildlife, learn more about canal heritage, meet new people or gain work experience through an office-based role, we're likely to have something right up your street
Last date edited: 13 August 2015