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.
We have launched a competition asking photographers to submit their pictures of the waterways which will inspire more people to visit and enjoy their local towpath or riverbank.
I am looking for a brilliant photo, which will inspire more people to visit our wonderful waterways.
Harry Arnold, MBE
It’s free to enter and the person who submits the best photo, as decided by the judging panel which includes renowned waterway photographer Harry Arnold MBE, will win a state of the art iPhone 5.
Harry comments: “A picture says a thousand words and I am looking for a brilliant photo, which will inspire more people to visit our wonderful waterways.
“The first step is to go to a canal or river and take your best snap. Then simply upload your photo on the Canal & River Trust website. Your entries will be displayed on our website and you can share and comment on them too. Happy snapping and good luck.
“Some excellent photos have already been taken which we hope to use in some innovative ways to help promote the waterways – encouraging more people to discover and enjoy their local towpath or riverbank.”
Photos can be taken on any camera or phone, and to prove the point, the prize for the best picture is the latest sought after phone from Apple, the iPhone5.
The closing date for entries is 31 August 2013 with the photos judged in September.
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
15 March 2018