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 are hosting an exciting free event on Friday 21 October at Chester Racecourse between 9.30am and 3.30pm, celebrating the waterways of Cheshire, Shropshire, North and Mid Wales and Staffordshire.
More than 40 exhibition stands will illustrate the activities and locations that people can enjoy along the region’s canals and rivers – from crafts to sports and leisure activities.
A programme of short talks will be running alongside the exhibition. In the morning there will be more information highlighting how the waterways are managed and used and how to get involved. In the afternoon talks will cover attractions and activities for those people who have yet to discover the enjoyment that the canals and rivers can provide on their doorstep.
In addition, visitors can see fantastic images that have been submitted by photographers from across the North West and North Wales in response to a new photography competition set up by the Trust to capture the diversity of life on the region’s waterways. The competition winners will be announced at the event.
Wendy Capelle, waterway manager at the Trust said: "We think people will find the event lively and interesting. It is free and informal so people can drop in during the day and find out about a whole new range of things to do locally on their canal."
Visit North Wales & Borders Partnership for more information
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