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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The Leeds & Liverpool short boat George spent the early 20th century carrying coal from the mines of Wigan and Leigh to the city. George’s working life ended in the 1970s but, thanks to volunteers from the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, she is now restored and refurbished.
One of the last surviving boats of her type she returns to Liverpool Docks this month to give visitors an insight into her story and the history of the local waterways.
George will be open in Liverpool’s Salthouse Dock from 12 – 4pm on Tuesday 30 May, Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June. Visitors will experience a little of what life was like in the cramped conditions on board this hard-working vessel, while activities will transport them back in time with dressing up, model boat making, and arts and crafts sessions.
From June onwards George continues her a new career as a floating education and visitor centre, travelling along the familiar routes of her working life on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Taking inspiration from the waterways the boat will help school groups explore local history, learn about rocks and fossils and discover the geography of the area.
Sam Marine our project assistant explains: "George’s history is interwoven with Liverpool’s story. The coal she carried from Wigan fuelled the city’s factories and power stations, and she was specifically designed to fit through the locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, which give her the title of short boat. We are excited to see her back in the colourful livery of the National Coal Board and cannot wait to share her story with school groups and visitors.
We are also looking for education volunteers to join us on our adventures with George and help us keep our waterways history alive, exciting and relevant to our young visitors."
Schools interested in booking a visit, and anyone keen to volunteer should contact Sam Marine, firstname.lastname@example.org
During school holidays George will return to Liverpool Docks and be open for visitors. And over the summer holidays she will host an exciting calendar of events for all the family.
National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port
Come and find out more about our range of activities and events at our site.
Pollington Lock gate replacement works enter final phase
22 February 2018
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018