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've launched the Mike Carter Award to recognise the passion and dedication of young volunteers across the north west.
Mike Carter, who died in February 2017, enjoyed and supported the canals and rivers for many decades, giving his time and expertise in various volunteering roles for us and the Inland Waterways Association. He was particularly passionate about encouraging younger generations to enjoy and maintain the waterways. In recent years Mike was deeply involved with the Explorers group working out of our Wigan office, and helped with school assemblies and towpath activities in the Liverpool area particularly. He had also run athletics events for young people with disabilities of various kinds for many years.
In his memory, the Mike Carter Award will recognise one individual plus a group for their inspirational volunteering work in our North West and North Wales and Borders waterway regions.
Tony Entwistle, our development engagement manager said: "Mike devoted his free time to educate and encourage young people in the area to engage with the waterways and his passion and knowledge shone through, so we’re really proud to launch the Mike Carter Award in his memory.
"We know there are many wonderful volunteers across the region, so we expect to have a really tough time choosing the winners."
Anyone can make a nomination online at: Mike Carter Award . Nominees must be under 25 and either currently volunteering or have volunteered in the last three years on any of the waterways in the area: Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancaster Canal, Sankey Canal, Ribble Link, Llangollen Canal, Shropshire Union Canal, Weaver Navigation, Montgomery Canal, Shrewsbury & Newport Canals.
The individual winner will receive a trophy and the winning group will receive £100 towards their project. Entries close on 30 July 2018 and the winners will be announced at the Annual Partnership Meeting in autumn 2018.
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
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