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.
We've teamed up with Girlguiding Birmingham to create a new Canal Challenge Badge aimed at teaching youngsters about the nation's waterways.
The new badge has been designed with help from our Explorers Education team and will be awarded to Guides, Brownies and Rainbows after they have successfully completed a set of activities along the canal.
The badge will contain a number of themes which are all focused on waterway activities and safety along the canals. The girls will have to complete one activity from each section to achieve the badge.
The sections are: Out and About, Games and Activities, Arts and Crafts, Water Safety, Wildlife and History. Some of the activities include creating roses and castles artwork and following canal trails both on water and along the towpath.
Katie Hutchinson, education coordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “This new badge will allow Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from across the region to discover their local stretch of canal and enjoy a new type of challenge. Like other badges, the Canal Challenge Badge will test the girls’ knowledge of their local area and help them learn what it’s like to live along the canal whilst learning some important life skills.”
Sue Burton, from Girlguiding Birmingham, said: “I would just like to say how exciting this new badge is - the girls loved it and it will be a very valuable and interesting resource for our members. It will be a very exciting badge to offer members using our own narrow boat. We look forward to continued partnership with the Canal & River Trust.”
Free places to visit
Our canals and rivers offer great family days out and it doesn't have to cost you a penny. Let us help you plan your next waterway adventure
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018