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.
We’ve all got fond memories of our own long and lazy summers where our parents taught us some skills that have never been forgotten. It’s now time to pass these summer skills on to the next generation.
Don’t let the art of telling the time through dandelions slip. Once a dandelion has flowered and turned to seed see how many puffs it takes to blow the seeds from the plant. Count them up and that’s the time. For your kids this could mean an early bedtime or a late night watching a favourite movie…
We all know that you can tell how old a ladybird is by counting its spots. Bring your children down to the canals and see how many ladybirds you can spot and what their combined ages are.
It’s a well-known fact that you can tell if someone likes butter or not by holding a buttercup underneath their chin. Show your kids that if there’s a yellow glow under their chin then they’re a fan. If not they definitely don’t like or appreciate butter and should be relegated to margarine from now on.
Daises are the best for this trick. If your youngster has got a crush on somebody then you can find out definitively if they love them or not by picking petals off one by one while chanting ‘they love me, they love me not’. If it turns out your child’s love is unrequited you can always cheer them up with a Mini Milk – another summertime classic.
How many of us made boats out of twigs with paper sails and then tested them out on the water? Encourage your children to experiment with different designs and then take them down to your nearest canal or river to try them out. Just remember to tie them to a piece of string so that you can pull them back out again!
Last date edited: 12 August 2016