Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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.
'More interest in canals than since the hey-day of the Industrial Revolution.'
We have reported a record year for the waterways across England and Wales, with the publication of our Annual Report & Accounts for 2014/15. We have documented the highest ever levels of interest in visiting, caring for and using its waterways:
A strong financial performance in 2014/15 saw income rise 10% to £180 million, with £137 million invested by the Trust on our charitable activities (up from £124 million in 2013/14). This included the spend on repairing and improving the condition of our 200-year old network of reservoirs, aqueducts, locks, bridges, towpaths, culverts and embankments as well as the replacement of 150 lock gates and dredging 130,000 tonnes of silt to improve the passage for boaters.
The year also saw the launch of our ambitious vision, supported by a ten-year strategy that sets out the future trajectory for the organisation. This includes wider public engagement and improved customer service, increased community involvement, support for further restoration of derelict waterways, and continued growth in volunteering.
Richard Parry, our chief executive comments: “When the Trust was first conceived, those involved must have hoped for something like the year we have enjoyed, with growing income and more work delivered – and with more interest in canals than since the hey-day of the Industrial Revolution.
“We’ve established a strong financial foundation; inspired growing interest in visiting, caring for, and using our canals and rivers; and developed an ever-widening range of relationships with third parties willing to promote, fund and support us.
“The creation of the charity provided the opportunity to secure the waterways’ long term future and to make them central to public life. Whilst we know there is much more we can do, the progress we have made shows what is possible.”
Chair Tony Hales, who will retire from the Canal & River Trust after its Annual Public Meeting in September, comments: “Our canals are better used, enjoyed and valued than ever before and our new strategy has people at its heart. I am particularly pleased that this past year has seen so many new people getting involved with our work either as volunteers or partners.
“The last three years have given me immense satisfaction, seeing the Canal & River Trust grow, thrive and attract ever increasing numbers of volunteers, supporters and partners. When we started this journey in July 2012, whilst we hoped for encouragement, we could not have envisaged the tremendous support and goodwill that we have received.”
The Canal & River Trust’s Annual Public Meeting will take place at 10am on 23 September at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ. To book a place visit: canalrivertrustapm.eventbrite.com.
Read our Annual Report & Accounts 2014/15
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
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal