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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We're launching a campaign to encourage more people to reclaim their quality time.
The move follows a YouGov poll which showed that nearly three quarters (73%) of adults believed that people today have less overall quality time with their friends and family than their parents did and around the same number (68%) thought that this would apply for the next generation.
With 77% of respondents saying that just being anywhere by the water is a good place to spend quality time with friends and family, we've published details of 100 readymade waterway days out to give individuals, couples and families a simple and affordable chance to spend quality time.
Half the population of the country lives within five miles of one of the Canal & River Trust’s waterways and canals and rivers provide the perfect antidote to the stresses and pressures of modern life as Jenny Roe, an expert in Environmental Psychology and senior research leader for the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York explains: “Water is a natural magnet for everyone – we’re drawn to all kinds of blue space from canals, rivers and urban water features, all of which are good for our health and wellbeing. The waterways can really offer us some respite and rest from the cognitive overload of city traffic and noise.”
Simon Salem, marketing director for the Canal & River Trust adds: “Time, quality time, is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity and we don’t believe this can be good for individuals, communities or society. Quality time means different things to different people, but our experience is that people are increasingly looking for spaces – both physical and mental – to step out of their normal routine for a short time and recharge their batteries. We think there are few better places to do this than beside the water and are encouraging people to discover some of our hidden gems for themselves.”
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways
See the Nottingham Beeston Canal in a new light this February
12 February 2018
Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
9 February 2018