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.
With over 120 perfect places to pick from along our canals and rivers, your picnic plans will be anything but hampered this National Picnic Week.
There are so many special spots with quacking ducks, chugging boats and amazing wildlife – so where better to lay back, nibble on a sandwich, pop open a bottle and drink in the view?
It doesn’t matter where you live, even right in the heart of our towns and cities, there’s somewhere to escape to. The towpath is a world away from everyday life, hiding just out of sight, quietly winding its way through the places we live and work.
And as it warms up we reckon you owe it to yourself to take a fresh look. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to grab a blanket, cram a hamper full of goodies and get out there this National Picnic Week.
We asked our friends and followers on social media to give us their recommendations for the perfect picnic place – here are ten to get you started:
Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Trevor Basin
Caen Hill Lock Flight, Devizes
Hatton Locks, Warwick
National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
Foxton Locks, Leicestershire
Marple Locks and Aqueduct near Stockport
Little Venice in London
Dundas Aqueduct near Bath
Saltaire on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
But with over 2,000 miles of waterways to explore, you might just find your own spot. And if you do, Tweet us a pic or share it on our Facebook page!
And don't forget to download your free activity sheet and map for each of our Places to visit to take with you on your picnic.
It’s your donations and support that lets us look after the beautiful canals and rivers we have right across the country. And our dedicated teams of volunteers and community groups work with us to add their own spin, adopting their own stretches of canals and rivers.
They’re making them even more special in new and creative ways. From community gardens with picnic areas, tables and benches to fun adventure and woodland nature trails for the whole community to enjoy.
We’ve done so much work already to make sure there’s always a free, open and safe place to enjoy that's local to you.
Free places to visit
With over 120 places to visit, find out where's your nearest picnic spot
Fancy a walk?
Our circular walks are perfect for post-picnic strolls
Last date edited: 7 June 2017