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
13 January 2016
Her Majesty the Queen will be celebrating her 90th birthday this year. We’re joining with Keep Britain Tidy and a number of other organisations to get the country spruced up in time for the celebrations.
22 December 2015
The internet is full New Year resolution ideas, none of which you’ll keep. So we’ve decided to be a little more helpful and made a list of the resolutions we really don’t think you should make…
21 December 2015
For those of you who have left present shopping a little late this year, or have struggled to pick something for a loved one - we have some unique ideas for you to take away.
16 December 2015
Christmas shopping can be stressful. Especially if you've left it late. Not to worry though as we've put together a list of shopping towns near some of our favourite canals and rivers. If it all gets too much you can escape the crowds and clear your head by the water!
7 December 2015
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
8 December 2015
Most of us love a bit of Christmas cheer, but when it's all over and the guilt of eating fourteen too many mince pies sets in...we could do with somewhere, some place, where we only hear the sweet sound of chirping birds and the slow trickle of water. Where exercise means sauntering along a frosty towpath, not chasing the little ones around the tree.
16 October 2015
The picturesque Shropshire Union Canal is perhaps Britain's most ghostly waterway.
14 October 2015
Discover fascinating facts about the UK canal and river network, from the longest canal tunnel to the shortest lock.
21 August 2015
At the Canal & River Trust we care for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales. Around 270 miles of our inland waterway network is made up of navigable rivers, which all have their own unique charms and challenges.
13 August 2015
We know that life can be stressful sometimes and that too few of us make time for ourselves. Add in the challenge of entertaining young children through the endless weeks of the summer holidays and you’re on the fast track to a tension headache.