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.
We know that life can be stressful sometimes and that too few of us make time for ourselves. Add in the challenge of entertaining young children through the endless weeks of the summer holidays and you’re on the fast track to a tension headache.
But fear not. Help is at hand with our top tips for how to relax in the school holidays.
Focus in the key word here. To tire them out is the ultimate aim. It’s all very well decamping to the park, but without something to focus on it’s all too easy for our little darlings to create their own entertainment - namely driving you and each other up the wall. Could your bright young thing become a junior lock keeper at Foxton Locks? Could you book your brood onto a canoeing course? Could they try their luck at geocaching (aka treasure hunting)? The older ones can be in charge of ‘technology’, the younger ones can be in charge of running around trying to find the cache. Ahem, if you don’t actually have any ‘older ones’ then maybe you don’t even need a proper cache…
It’s strange but it’s true; the more children there are, the less they tend to pester. Invite your children’s friends round. Better, invite your friends’ children round (ideally with Mum or Dad in tow).
For millions of people their local canal or river provides space where they can step out of the pressures of the modern world and experience some real quality time with their loved ones. Pack a picnic, pack the suncream and make a day of it. Check out our tried and tested Places to visit for the best family days out in your area.
Have a film day – and we don’t just mean allow them to watch one DVD. For this to truly work you need to go the whole hog. Draw the curtains, turn off the lights and transform your living room into a cinema. Make some popcorn, curl up on the sofa and let the good times roll. If the guilt gets too much there’s always the option for educational debate afterwards. Ask them to make up an alternative ending, act out the story or draw it out as a comic strip.
And if none of that works, you could just resort to the failsafe plan of hiding behind a cupboard eating chocolate. Works for me every time. They will be back at school soon!
Find a free place to visit
Mums, dads, grandparents, carers - are you looking for inspiring places to visit with the kids? Then look no further than your local canal or river and download a free fun-packed local map and activity sheet.
Last date edited: 24 February 2017