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 the idea of a month’s worth of saturated TV coverage and pubs stuffed with drunken know-it-alls horrifies you then check out our guide to avoiding the Euro 2016 chaos.
1 - Cancel your TV licence and throw your TV out. Stock up with a month’s worth of baked beans and frozen pizza. Close your curtains and don’t leave your house during the entire tournament.
2 - Our first tip doesn’t sound very pleasant so why not take a boat trip instead? Whether you search out a last-minute holiday or just book a day’s worth of cruising, our waterways will reward you with almost total isolation from the beautiful game. You’ll be able to enjoy peaceful cruising through our green and pleasant land without a hint of Wayne Rooney.
3 - If your other half is a football fanatic then consider finding new friends for the month or join a pottery class or take up bell ringing.
4 - Enjoy a day out by the water. Plan a picnic, visit a tea room, take a stroll and feed the ducks. There are plenty of non-football related ways to spend time next to one of our canals or rivers. If you’re after some inspiration then download one of our free guides complete with activities for your kids.
5 - Visit a museum. Whether you opt for the National Gallery, the Lake District’s infamous Pencil Museum or our very own National Waterways Museum you’ll escape the sporting crowds and learn more about our country’s fascinating history and culture. Of course we’d recommend visiting one of our museums or attractions where you can take a boat trip and enjoy the water as well as the culture.
If you’ve thought of any ways to avoid the World Cup that we haven’t please feel free to email us and let us know. We’ll post the best suggestions on this page.
Find a free place to visit
We've put together free guides to our favourite waterside locations
Last date edited: 9 June 2016