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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Our waterways have been in the limelight - or set lights - from feature films to fashion shoots for years.
From James Bond to Call the Midwife, our canals and rivers have provided unique and varied backdrops for all kinds of productions. Most recently Little Venice in London became the scene of chaotic chase in Paddington 2, with Paddington riding on the back of a dog and creating havoc in Browning's Pool. In 2014 Gloucester Docks was transported back to the 19th century for a day, complete with tall ships and llamas, as setting for the opening scene of Alice Through the Looking Glass. Later the same year the Regent's Canal doubled up as the River Thames for S.P.E.C.T.R.E and in February 2015 Three Mills on the River Lea became Vienna for a scene in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (our widebeam boat Jena had a cameo role).
The rich heritage of our canals has become the focus of period dramas such as Peaky Blinders, filmed at Ellesmere Port and Call The Midwife, filmed at Bulborne Yard on the Grand Union Canal. Back in the present day our locations have featured in modern dramas such as Channel 4's Humans, Sky's Lucky Man and BBC's Silent Witness. Off screen, the Regent's Canal made its way on to the pages of Vogue magazine several times, with models Cara Delevingne and Edie Campbell gracing the towpaths.
Over the past three years the Channel 4 series Great Canal Journeys with Timothy West and Prunella Scales and ITV's Barging Around Britain with John Sergeant have taken a closer look at waterway heritage, culture and boating lifestyle today. This year Celebrity Carry on Barging with Debbie McGee, Simon Callow, Lorraine Chase and Nigel Havers continues the trend for 'slow living' TV shows.
In 2015 BBC4 commissioned two new documentary series focusing on canals, the slow TV style All Aboard! The Canal Trip was great success as well as Canals: The Making of a Nation which delved into the history of our waterways and uncovered the ways in which they've helped shape modern British life. In recent years desirable waterside homes on and beside our waterways have been showcased in series such as Grand Designs, George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and Escape to the Country.
We also work alongside production companies to highlight the great work we do at Canal & River Trust – recently CBeebies' The Lets Go Club have filmed with our lock keepers on the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Our staff and volunteers love to get involved in the planning of these types of programmes and are more than happy to be part of the action on the day.
Last date edited: 16 November 2017