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.
There are lots of things to consider when filming on our waterways, especially as they are open for everyone to use. The hints and tips on this page will help your shoot to run smoothly on the day.
When we receive an application we always consider the effect that filming or photography might have on what we do across the Trust. We have on-going maintenance, heritage and environmental projects, as well as providing a service to the people who use our waterways. Most applications will need to be considered by different departments so allow time for this when submitting your application.
A recce will be required for crews of more than 20 people and if a person or object will be entering the water as part of the action. Where a production company has specific requirements it can be arranged for an appropriate representative from the waterway location to come along to the recce with the Filming Advisor.
Any activity which requires a person or object to enter the water will need a detailed safety and rescue method statement separate to the standard risk assessment, detailing all risks associated with the activity, how the object or person will be getting into the water and how it/they will be getting out again.
If using track and dolly, cranes, cherry pickers or any camera vehicles, please make sure that you notify us and send across an image with dimensions and weight. Motorised vehicles and heavy plant equipment are not normally permitted on towpaths due to weight limits, towpath width and impact on other users. We can check weight limits at specific locations on request.
In order to carry out any fixing, drilling, painting or altering to a Canal & River Trust structure or property you must get our consent prior to your shoot. Many of our sites contain listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments. Our team of heritage advisors will be able to give site specific advice on what works can and cannot be carried out. The same applies to wildlife on our waterways, which are home to birds, bats, fish and many other animals. If you want to remove tree branches or other plants then our ecologists may need to check the site for nesting animals before you can proceed.
Our waterways are lined with boats, houses and businesses so an important part of planning your shoot will be to identify who the neighbours are and make sure that they are aware that a shoot will be taking place. We recommend that you notify local councils and film offices even if your shoot is only on the canal or river. Canals are like watery roads – we can’t just close them as we have paying boat traffic. If you want to restrict or close part of a canal – water or towpath – we will need 2 to 4 weeks’ notice. The more notice the better!
Please be sure to read our filming safety guidelines before you start your application.
Last date edited: 22 February 2016