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.
Our canals are and towpaths are great places to view a range of different sculptures and murals
We work hard to make sure our canals offer you a place to escape from everyday life. Part of our work involves working with a variety of artists to create world class art along our waterways, so that there's always something to inspire you when you visit.
At any one time we have a number of structures and exhibitions along our waterways.
This autumn a new commision, Meanwhile Hydrosiren, is being launched by artist Simeon Nelson. The artwork, a floating sculptural boat incorporating a soundscape recorded and engineered by composer Rob Godman, will be launched on 14 October.
Meanwhile Hydrosiren will sail along the Meanwhile Gardens stretch of the Grand Union Canal in Little Venice during weekend afternoons, with weekday moored performances.
This is just one example of art along our waterways. Keep an eye on our calendar for more arty exhibitions and events.
Graffiti doesn't always have to be an eyesore. We've been tackling graffiti positively by working with local artists in communities to design murals along our canals.
Along the Oxford Canal we've worked with residents and the Friends of the Trap Grounds, to enable local artists to design and paint murals in the arches of Frenchay Road Bridge.
We’ve also worked with local street artists in Birmingham to discourage graffiti vandals targeting a certain stretch of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.
A new piece of street art has been designed along the canal to welcome boaters and visitors to the city of Birmingham. The new sign was designed by street artist David Brown. Located along the canal at Snow Hill Bridge Digbeth, the sign covers over unsightly graffiti tags and scribbles, in an effort to create a warm welcome to people visiting the waterways in Birmingham.
A hidden world of art on your doorstep
Come and explore our canals and rivers and find a masterpiece near you
Last date edited: 29 September 2017