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're calling on Londoners who love walking and cycling along the capital’s canals and rivers to jump on-board as volunteer towpath rangers, joining a team that helps make the towpaths an even more pleasant place to visit.
The canals are a great place to spend time and this is a fantastic way to get out and enjoy them
Dick Vincent, towpath ranger
Volunteer towpath rangers are friendly faces who are happy to answer questions about the local area. The volunteers attend and lead towpath events, carry out visitor counts and do the odd spot of towpath gardening and maintenance. They also encourage local residents and communities to get involved and volunteer to make a difference to the canals and rivers they care about.
The towpath rangers support the our ‘Share the Space’ campaign, which encourages people to consider others when using London’s towpaths by sharing the space, dropping their pace, always being courteous to others and remembering that pedestrians have priority.
Dick Vincent, towpath ranger at Canal & River Trust, said: “You don’t need any specialist knowledge to be a volunteer towpath ranger, just enthusiasm for your local waterway, an interest in cycling and walking and enthusiasm to talk to all the people who’ll want to talk to you. The canals are a great place to spend time and this is a fantastic way to get out and enjoy them.”
We're looking for volunteer towpath rangers who live, work or travel through the following London boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea and Newham.
Volunteer Towpath Ranger events and activities may take place in the day time or evening and at weekends and could last from a couple of hours to a full day. Ideally volunteers will be flexible in the time they can give and able to give up to a total of a day a month.
Volunteer Towpath Rangers will receive an induction, on-going training and a chance to be part of a great team. We'll provide all the necessary clothing and equipment and will reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses.
Find out more about volunteering as a towpath ranger
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23 March 2018
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