Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
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.
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
Take a closer look at our canals and rivers and discover new ways to enjoy them
25 July 2016
We'd like to show you the ways we have created living waterways, enriched lives and transformed places during 2015/16.
10 June 2016
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.
9 June 2016
If the idea of a month’s worth of saturated TV coverage and pubs stuffed with drunken know-it-alls horrifies you then check out our guide to avoiding the Euro 2016 chaos.
7 June 2016
If you’re at a loss for how to entertain your little ones this summer look no further than your nearest Canal & River Trust waterway. Bring them down to the water and get them spotting some of the features that make our canals and rivers unique.
Why pay for the privilege of letting your children play in a germ-smeared soft play centre when you could take your kids out for a free day of fun in the fresh air?
27 May 2016
Did you know that the first canal to close was the Dorset & Somerset canal in 1803? Or that the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is celebrating its 200th birthday this year?
24 May 2016
Nobody likes a motorway, and motorway service stations are even bleaker. So next time you're taking a long trip plan an alternative rest stop. Some our nicest canal and river destinations are a mere stone’s throw from the busiest motorway junctions.
Wondering what festival you should go to this year? Well, look no further...than your local canal or river. Swap your £200 weekender ticket for a party with your local community enjoying talented musicians, hearty local food, drink and the wonderful sights and sounds of our waterways.
22 April 2016
Finding something to do on Bank Holiday weekends can end up as a battle of wills as each family member tries to convince the others that their choice is best. However, at this year’s Crick Boat Show, which takes place 28-30 May at Crick Marina near Daventry in Northamptonshire, there’s a host of activities to suit the whole family.
18 March 2016
If you’re looking for an Easter adventure then look no further than your nearest canal or river. Whether you’ve had enough of the family and you need to get away from it all or you want make some special memories with your loved ones there’s something for you down by the water.