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.
Stay up to date.
18 April 2018
To celebrate the forthcoming Crick Boat Show (26-28 May), now Britain’s biggest inland waterways festival, our Explorers team took 32 Year 5 pupils from Crick Primary School for a walk along their local canal, the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal.
16 April 2018
Our museum at Stoke Bruerne, home to a collection of waterway artefacts that tell the story of Britain’s canals, is now open to visitors seven days a week throughout spring and summer.
13 April 2018
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site will be celebrating World Heritage Day on Saturday 21 April with fantastic family events near its Trevor Basin Visitor Centre.
Our annual national boat count shows that licence evasion on our waterways is at its lowest-ever level, with 96.9% of boats holding up-to-date licences (2017: 96.3%).
10 April 2018
Get out your camera and start snapping – a new photo competition is now open in Pocklington with the theme “Life on the waterways”.
Cheshire’s impressive flight of 12 locks at Bosley, on the Macclesfield Canal, has been given a £240,000 winter facelift by us, ready for the start of the summer boating season.
People throughout Enfield are being encouraged to help shape a new arts project that aims to bring creative and cultural projects to the River Lee.
9 April 2018
We're appealing for volunteers to join towpath taskforces at canal visitor hotspots in Chester, Audlem, Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich, and at Trevor Basin, looking after the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site.
5 April 2018
We've given a major boost to rare aquatic flora and fauna on the Montgomery Canal, one of Britain’s most picturesque canals, with a £320,000 dredging and vegetation management programme.
3 April 2018
People in Birmingham have taken part in a canal clean up with a difference as a floating cyclist took to the waterways to raise awareness of the problems caused by plastic pollution.