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.
Your local canals and rivers are bursting into life, so get out there and make the most of the spring sunshine. Bring the kids, bring the dog, pack some tasty treats and feed the ducks - because this bank holiday weekend it’s all going on.
Here at the Trust, we’ve had a busy winter. From huge urban regeneration projects to making sure your towpaths are in tip-top condition, our dedicated teams have been gearing up for another action-packed year.
And we think Easter bank holiday weekend is the perfect excuse to come and see what’s happening on the canals and rivers where you are.
Easter boat trips, floating markets, tresure hunts and more. Take a look at our events pages and find out how you could spend this long weekend.
There’s a world of wildlife on our waterways, and it’s all a bustle with bright colours from fresh spring blooms. So leave your winter coats behind and set off to see our riverbanks, towpaths and green open spaces bursting into life. Take a walk, take to two wheels or find a place to visit near you.
With over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, every inch brimming with history, our waterways are a beautiful, living, breathing museum – and they’re alive and kicking like never before.
Winding their way through breath-taking countryside and under the busy roads of our towns and cities, you’ll see the world from a whole new perspective. One that’s packed full of towpath coffee shops, floating bookshops, hidden heritage, urban water sports and places for young minds to learn and explore.
Free nature spotters guide
Spring, summer, autumn or winter, waterways are always teeming with wildlife. Download your free guide today and start exploring the nature on a waterway near you.
It’s a place for us all to enjoy, however we want to do it. And here’s the best bit – it’s absolutely free.
Thanks to your support, the help of our volunteers and a lot of hard work from our own specialist teams, we’ve breathed new life into our historic canals and rivers. And it doesn’t stop here, the future is full of possibilities if we all pull together.
Happy Easter from us all at the Trust.
Spring has sprung on a towpath near you. We’ll see you there!
Last date edited: 5 April 2017