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
The Shropshire Union Canal: Emergency Appeal
Part of the Shropshire Union Canal has collapsed and is in need of urgent repair. We've started an appeal to help with the restoration of this much-loved waterway
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Take a closer look at our canals and rivers and discover new ways to enjoy them
30 October 2017
Hear more about how we're supporting the Northern Powerhouse.
27 October 2017
Thanks to the hard work of our environment team, our canals and rivers look spectacular in the autumn. However, it’s not all about looks with us. They also smell incredible.
25 October 2017
Canoeing is something that almost everyone can take part in. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a professional paddler, why don’t you take to the water and check out some spooky trails this Halloween?
28 September 2017
We believe that running by water gives you even more benefits than your usual jog along the roadside.
27 September 2017
Fancy a shopping day with a difference? Our peaceful canals and rivers are a world away from the bustle of the high street – and you’ll be amazed what you can find on them.
Our canals are lined with great places to eat and drink but did you realise you can grab a bite to eat on the water too?
29 September 2017
Looking for things to do this autumn, keen to see something different and maybe learn a new skill? Look no further, there’s lots of activities and events that you and your family can take part in along our waterways.
Our canals are and towpaths are great places to view a range of different sculptures and murals
21 September 2017
Jack Perks, an experienced wildlife photographer, has given us his top tips for taking pictures down by our canals and rivers.
20 September 2017
Our canals aren’t just pretty places to visit. Thanks to our ongoing efforts to make our canals welcoming to everybody you really can work, live and play by the water. So, the next time you’re facing a dreary meeting, why not move it to your local canal or river and unleash your creativity?