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.
Looking for inspiration this February half term? Read our top tips for keeping all the family entertained for free – with fresh air in abundance.
February isn’t the most exciting month, and coming so soon after Christmas it’s not the time for splashing the cash. So how can we fill the long grey days? How can we get the next generation off the sofa and ensure they bounce back to school ready for anything?
We know that spending time by the water makes people feel happier and healthier. Our 2,000 mile network of canals and rivers provides the perfect place to go for a stroll, spot nature’s first signs of spring, feed the ducks and see something magnificent.
We’re proud to care for five World Heritage Sites around our network. On the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is Saltaire – Sir Titus Salt’s fascinating Victorian mill and village. Talking of Liverpool – our Liverpool Canal Link runs the whole length of the maritime Liverpool World Heritage site, including the Albert Docks. But for sheer awesomeness you really have to take the kids to walk over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct before popping in to our free Trevor Basin Visitor Centre.
Our canals and rivers are teeming with water birds. But please don’t feed them bread. It gives them a bad tummy. You’ll find loads of fab facts about how to help us keep our ducks healthy online. Download our free duck guide for some more fun on the go now.
Download our free duck guide
Don't go quackers with the bread when rice and peas will fit the bill!
Walking is one of the nicest ways to explore our beautiful canals and rivers. Whether you fancy a 10 minute stroll or a vigorous all-day hike, by walking along the towpaths you’re guaranteed a traffic-free route and relaxing views of the water.
Find a family-friendly walk near you
You’ll find boatloads of free visitor attractions up and down our canals; from the unique Anderton Boat Lift to the highest, longest, deepest tunnel in the UK, Standedge and its free visitor centre. We’ve got awe-inspiring lock flights including Foxton, Caen Hill, Hatton and Bingley Five Rise and a whole host of beautiful places, teeming with history, where you can sit and watch the world float by.
5. Search for signs of spring
We work hard to make our canals and rivers havens for nature, and soon these peaceful corridors will be alive with the sights and sounds of spring. Find out more from our ecologists
Explorers is our fantastic programme of learning fun for children and schools. We've put together fact sheets, activity guides, stories and games so your kids can get even more out of their visit to our waterways.
February is the time to dig out the families’ bikes, dust them down and re-discover the fun of travelling on two wheels.
Cycling along our towpaths is great way to get some gentle exercise. We have more than 2,000 miles of fairly level, traffic-free towpaths for you to enjoy whatever your age or ability.
Find your favourite waterside ride
8. Take a history lesson
School’s out, but that doesn’t mean that learning has to stop. Take your bright young things to the nearest canal and see living history all around you. Find out about rope marks, mile posts and other treasures that time has not forgotten
There’s always something happening near the water. This half term sees our Open Day at Foxton, the puppet theatre barge in London and Little Skippers at Dudley, plus much more.
Check out our events calendar
Find out what's happening in your area including news, events, places to visit, volunteering opportunities and stories from our wonderful waterways.
Last date edited: 31 January 2018