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.
Take a closer look at our canals and rivers and discover new ways to enjoy them
8 September 2017
Gregg Stevenson, a former soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan, has been making a huge difference to the lives of people in Lancashire by rallying support for the country’s first ever coast to coast canoe trail.
15 August 2017
We're celebrating national afternoon tea week - yes that's a thing - with a spread, jam-packed with our favourite places for tea and cakes along our 2,000 miles of waterways.
17 July 2017
Yes, it’s that time again... Six long weeks of bored children hanging round the house. So, we’ve had a quick whip round our waterways to find you the best free ideas for fun days out around our canals for the whole family this summer.
30 June 2017
We're proud to be hosting a series of free paddle boarding events across England’s canals this summer, to get people out enjoying the water and to highlight the problem of plastic pollution.
22 June 2017
Engineering is a vital part of what we do at the Trust. We couldn’t keep our 2,000 mile network of canals and rivers in good working order without our skilled team of engineers. On International Women in Engineering Day, we speak to two of our female engineers.
9 June 2017
We've got some great ideas for Father's Day - from quality family time somewhere special to celebrating with a bang. We've even got suggestions for what to buy the pickiest of Dads.
7 June 2017
With over 120 perfect places to pick from along our canals and rivers, your picnic plans will be anything but hampered this National Picnic Week.
12 June 2017
Enjoy all the fun of a canal festival this summer. There's plenty to choose from.
27 April 2017
Between 1909 and 1965, over 80 barges, trows and schooners were deliberately beached on the banks of the River Severn. These ghostly hulks now form an eerie boat graveyard.
26 April 2017
Dark water, yew trees and bears: we explore the origins of ancient river names.