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 urging people to spend more time unwinding and reap the health benefits.
A nationwide poll has revealed just over two fifths (41%) of people feel they do not have enough time to relax, even though 86% of us enjoy relaxing. As it's International Relaxation Day we're calling on people to take two minutes out of each hour to chill out and share their relaxation tips with the rest of the population.
Relaxing for two minutes an hour, just 16 minutes in a working day, could make a difference to your productiveness and overall happiness and life expectancy. Whether you choose to do some stretches at your desk, get a breath of fresh air or take a virtual visit to one of our calming waterway destinations, it’s something everyone should make the time to do.
The YouGov survey of 2,324 people, which was carried out for the Canal & River Trust to see how people relax, is part of our Campaign for Real Time, highlighting the importance of the waterways and the benefits of relaxation and quality time in today’s increasingly-pressurised world. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey also revealed that men are more likely (41%) than women (35%) to enjoy going to a drink in a pub with friends to relax, whereas women prefer (40%) to have a hot soak in the bath. Couch potatoes were well represented with 69% of those surveyed saying they liked to relax by being at home with their feet up in front of the TV.
Katy Appleton, founder of appleyogaoga, says: “Many of us live in a semi-permanent state within our nervous system called the sympathetic state or Flight, Fight, Freeze. This occurs because of the daily demands most people face in today’s society, and our own mental state perpetuating that. This state manifests itself as stress, irritation, worry, anxiety and anger, which affects our physical, mental and emotional health.
Katy continues: “It is essential for our long-term health and well-being that we offer the flip-side to the state of Flight, Fight, Freeze. This state can be accessed in many ways such as taking a deep breath, getting enough sleep, eating and drinking healthily, cutting down on caffeine, walking in nature or along water which has a calming effect, or certain types of yoga. By living more in this state the body can revitalise and regenerate, brain function increases, there is more clarity and less agitation and stress, and a more relaxed, calmer state is achieved.”
Dick Vincent, London towpath ranger, says: “Everyone deserves to have time to relax and get away from it all, whether it’s time spent on your own or with friends and family. For millions of people the canals and rivers can provide a local haven and a healthy place to escape and experience a slower pace of life.
”The canals and rivers really are special places for everyone – from walkers and cyclists, to boaters, canoeists and anglers. There’s even a name for people who just love to watch life go by on the water - ‘gongoozlers’. Just a short amount of time spent near water can help recharge the batteries, I can vouch for that.”
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
Elland Bridge re-build shortlisted for engineering award
7 February 2018