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.
Over 1,000 people enjoyed a free canal boat trip on Sunday 19 April 2015 as part of Drifters National open day.
The event, which we supported, offered newcomers to canal boating taster sessions at 21 bases across England and Wales.
Nigel Stevens, Director of Drifters Waterway Holidays, says:
“We are delighted with the response to our open day events this year, with over 1,000 people attending 21 events across England and Wales.
“With more events on offer than ever before and bright spring weather enjoyed by much of the country, it has been our most popular open day so far. Our events at Tardebigge on the Worcester & Birmingham and Great Haywood on the Shropshire Union Canal were particularly successful, with over 150 people enjoying a free trip on skippered boats at each location.
“We are also very pleased with the fantastic response on social media to the images we commissioned to promote the open days, showing canal boats in surprising places – the London Underground and Picadilly Circus.
“It’s absolutely vital that we attract newcomers to the canals, and canal boat holidays can often be the start of a lifelong passion for the waterways. We hope many of our visitors over the weekend will return to the waterways soon!”
For a full list of the Drifters open day events, visit www.drifters.co.uk/openday.
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
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