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’ve asked you what you’d least like to receive this year. You weren’t shy in letting us know that underwear and chocolates will not be well received.
We’ve all been there. Valentine’s Day sneaks up and on us and before we know it we’re panic buying predictable gifts and trying to express our unwavering love with corner shop chocolates.
Undies are a minefield and 40% of you agree they are the item you’d least like to receive. Whether you go for something you think they’ll like or you go for something you like yourself, you’re heading for a difficult conversation about how well you know your partner.
Chocolate doesn’t last and it’s not memorable. The only thing it can really say about your relationship is ‘I didn’t know what else to buy you’. You can do better by your partner this year.
Most people have their own preferred scent. Stray from this and you’re essentially telling your partner you don’t really like the way they smell. Don’t do this on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s flowers don’t exactly say ‘I’ve thought hard about this’. If you don’t choose your bunch wisely these mass-produced bouquets will be limp by the 15th, along with your partner’s enthusiasm for your relationship.
Give a gift with meaning
Buy your partner the gift of Canal & River Trust Friendship and you’re giving a gift that lasts far more than a day and you’ll also help us make sure life is always better by the water for everyone who visits.
In the run up to Valentine's Day we're offering discounted annual membership for a limited time. Buy your partner the gift of Friendship and they will receive a welcome package with heaps of ideas of ways to enjoy the canal as a couple.
Our exclusive CoolCanals walks book will inspire many memorable outings in some of the most romantic settings the UK has to offer. Our beautiful Waterfront magazine will tell you all about the fascinating world of inland waterways and highlight some of our favourite places to visit. You’ll even get free entry to all of our canals and museums with your Supporter Card.
Buy the perfect Valentine's gift today
Last date edited: 7 February 2018