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.
Girl Guides have transformed an abandoned World War II pillbox on the banks of the Kennet & Avon Canal in Berkshire into a haven for bats.
The Guides have created a bat mansion, as well as helping out with painting and wildflower planting, at Garston Lock near Reading, after having ‘adopted’ the lock through our volunteering programme.
Habitat loss has been a major factor in the recent national decline of these fascinating mammals, who rely on cave-like places to safely rear their young. By kitting-out the inside of the pillbox with spaces for the crevice dwelling species to roost, and securing the door from disturbance by people, this relic of the war will provide a new habitat in a prime location.
Laura Plenty, ecologist at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Buildings like this one with lots of nooks and crannies are ideal for bats, and it’s wonderful to have the help of the Guides to get it ready for the new residents. It really is the perfect spot. All 18 species of bat we have in the UK feed solely on insects, so the canal will act as their ‘all you can eat’ buffet, as well as a superhighway connecting them to the wider landscape.”
The Kennet & Avon Canal formed part of a defensive line developed during the Second World War in anticipation of a German invasion. Pillboxes were built to provide sheltered guard posts and slow the advance of enemy forces and are, today, poignant reminders of the period.
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
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal
Gender pay gap statement published
8 March 2018
We're announcing changes to boat licensing
6 March 2018