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
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
26 April 2017
Dark water, yew trees and bears: we explore the origins of ancient river names.
20 March 2017
Your local canals and rivers are bursting into life, so get out there and make the most of the spring sunshine. Bring the kids, bring the dog, pack some tasty treats and feed the ducks - because this bank holiday weekend it’s all going on.
The modern world comes packed full of pressures. And with so much going on, it can easily start to pile up. Stress – it’s something we all deal with at some point. Here at the Trust we believe people live happier, healthier lives when they spend time near water.
24 February 2017
Seems you can’t turn on the TV these days without one of our stunning canals popping up on screen. From documentaries and dramas to new kids on the lock – Carry on Barging – ever wondered how production companies film on our canals?
21 February 2017
The 2018 Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival, to be held 26-28 May at Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, is the UK’s biggest inland waterways festival and offers a fantastic day out by the water for all the family.
16 January 2017
Who wants a sneak peak - direct from the colleagues involved - of the exciting developments and highlights you can look forward to this year?
13 January 2017
Since the end of 2016 we've been running a survey to find out what you think about walking and cycling on our towpaths, and the response has been huge. We've had well over 3,500 responses so far. See the bottom of this page to find out how you can still take part.
Thank you to all those who submitted their snaps in our winter photo competition, we have been spoilt for choice with over 500 entries. See the winning 12 entries below:
3 January 2017
Modern life can be stressful and many of us would like to live healthier, calmer and less sedentary lives.
9 December 2016
Although not all of us get snow over the winter period, there is no denying that for most of us - some days are cold enough to consider two pairs of gloves!