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.
A team of volunteers who adopted their local stretch of the Cromford Canal two years ago have marked the occasion by rolling up their sleeves to improve 200 metres of boggy towpath for visitors and local people.
The Friends of the Cromford Canal (FCC) adopted a section of the canal in 2014, offering regular help to work with us.
Since then, they’ve been out in all weathers helping to look after the canal and make sure it’s an enjoyable, welcoming place.
One of the group’s biggest achievements has been working with the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) to shovel tonnes of mud out of the derelict Smiths Lock so that it can be inspected ahead of potential restoration. The team have hosted two WRG summer camps aimed at clearing the lock and uncovering the historic brickwork.
Over the course of the adoption the FCC have also tackled overgrowing greenery, painted canalside fencing and replaced a number of historic name plaques at some of the locks on the canal.
Ahead of their two-year anniversary the group turned their attention to the towpath at Ironville which was prone to puddling and became very boggy in wet weather. Again working with WRG the team have levelled the path, improved the drainage and surfaced it with crushed stone. The path is a popular walking route and local people will now be able to enjoy a canalside walk without getting their feet wet. The project has been so successful that the group are planning to carry on the improvements on the next stretch of towpath.
Wayne Ball, our volunteer development coordinator, said; "We’ve really enjoyed working with the Friends of the Cromford Canal and, looking back, it’s amazing how much has been achieved over the past two years - they really do play a vital role in helping to look after the canal.
"Their latest works have improved a section of towpath that could get pretty horrible and their efforts mean that people can explore the canal without getting bogged down in mud.
"We’re really grateful for the hard work and enthusiasm that FCC have brought to the canal over the past two years and local people can be rightfully proud of the improvements that the group have made to their local canal."
John Barker, vice chairman of the Friends of the Cromford Canal said; "We are very grateful for the support the Canal & River Trust has given us at Ironville. We recently finished stage two of the footpath with the help of WRG and look forward to completing the final stage in April 2017. We enjoy helping out and have received very positive comments from the local Parish Council who appreciate the improvements we’ve made for the local community and visitors a like."
Keen to volunteer for the Trust? Take a look here and see what opportunities there are local to you.
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