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.
Playing outside until dinner time, climbing trees and making dens. These are all memories we cherish from our own childhoods. However, our children are experiencing very different summers as so many of them are choosing to spend their time indoors, attached to their tablets and computers.
We want to reverse this trend. Here at the Canal & River Trust we want children to reclaim their childhood, head outside and enjoy the adventures that are right on their doorstep. It’s time to stop exploring virtual worlds and embrace the real world.
The benefits of outdoor play really can’t be over-estimated. Head outside with your kids and we bet you’ll all make lasting memories, laugh together and even sleep better. What are you waiting for?
We’ve also got plenty of summer activity inspiration for you on our own website. Take a look at these features and make the time to enjoy some quality time with your little ones this summer.
Our favourite motorway stop-offs
Next time you're taking a long trip plan an alternative rest stop
Boating with kids
There are plenty of ways to keep your kids occupied out on the water this summer
Five free ways to keep your kids entertained
Keeping boredom at bay doesn't have to cost you a penny
Unusual things to spot by the water
Come and see the features that make our canals and rivers unique
The things that made your childhood summers great
It's time to pass on our summer skills to the next generation
Six things you didn't realise you could feed ducks
Consider swapping the usual white bread for something a little healthier
Last date edited: 6 November 2017