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.
Yes, it’s that time again... Six long weeks of bored children hanging round the house. So, we’ve had a quick whip round our waterways to find you the best free ideas for fun days out around our canals for the whole family this summer.
We’ve five World Heritage Sites around our network. On the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is Saltaire – Sir Titus Salt’s groundbreaking (and fascinating) Victorian mill and village. Talking of Liverpool – our Liverpool Canal Link runs the whole length of the maritime Liverpool World Heritage site, including the Albert Docks (where for a smallish cost you can jump on a boat trip!). But for sheer awesomeness you really have to take the kids to walk over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct before popping in to our free Trevor Basin Visitor Centre.
Download your free guide now
With fishing hints and tips as well as activities and games, our guide will get you fishing in no time
You’ll find over 40 free local Let’s Fish! Learn to fish events for kids this year. Along with canoeing sessions and other fun activities, our licenced level two angling coaches will help your kids up close and personal with their first ever gudgeon, perch or bream. There’s bound to be one near you so download our free fishing guide now!
You’ll find more summer festivals than you can shake a ribbon covered stick at listed on our events pages. Check out our quick round up of some of the more unusual ones in, on and beside our waterways now. There’s so many that again, there’s bound to be one near you.
Download our free duck guide
Don't goes quackers with the bread, when rice and peas will fit the bill!
…or swan or goose. Our canals and rivers are teaming with water birds. But, but, but… please don’t feed them bread. It gives them a bad tummy. You’ll find loads of fab facts about how to help us keep our ducks healthy online. Download our free duck guide for some more fun on the go now.
With over 2,500 miles of canals and rivers to explore, most of which is within the countryside, there’s a nature trail waiting to happen on every towpath. Luckily, you’ll find our free nature spotters guide a bit handy when it comes to identifying birds, plants and even the fish you’ll find along the way.
Nine free regional guides...
...over 120 fascinating places to visit. Download your free guide now
Grab a blanket, cold drinks and your favourite sandwiches and head off to one of over 120 places to visit along our canal and rivers. Most have a walking, cycling or nature trails. Some have boat trips or canoe hire. And all have a handy free map and activity sheet for you download now.
Explorers is our fantastic programme of learning fun for schools. With loads of fact sheets, activity guides, stories, games and more for you kids to enjoy before, during and after your visit to our waterways.
From craft sessions at the Trevor Basin Visitor Centre to our series of arts on the waterways, or even the string of murals and paintings on the towpaths, you’ll find something for your more creative kids at a waterway near you.
You’ll find boatloads of free visitor attractions up and down our canals; from the unique Anderton Boat Lift or the highest, longest, deepest tunnel in the UK, Standedge and its free visitor centre. To the steepest, longest, biggest lock flights – including Foxton, Caen Hill, Hatton and Bingley Five Rise.
For a small one-off cost, you’ll get a yearly pass to our museums. They’re places where inquisitive young minds and excited hands can touch, play and explore amazing stories from across our wonderful waterways. You’ve three to choose from: our flagship is the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port with its sister museum in Gloucester Docks. Plus, there’s The Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne – all of the them offer fantastic days out.
We'd love to tell you more
Our newsletter is packed full of exciting updates and stories of how our work has helped local people and communities. Sign up today, and join us for the journey
Plenty of places to visit
With over 2,500 miles of canals, docks, rivers and reservoirs, find a free place to visit near you now
Last date edited: 17 July 2017