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.
The region tops the table for time spent helping to care for historic canals and rivers.
Community spirited volunteers in the East Midlands have donated more time helping to transform their local waterways over the past twelve months than in any other part of the country.
Volunteers and partner groups put in over 44,000 hours over the course of the last financial year – the equivalent of one person working for more than 23 years.
Some of the highlights included:
Wayne Ball, volunteer development coordinator for the Canal & River Trust said; “The people of the East Midlands have really stepped up to the plate in the past twelve months and helped to make a big difference to the region’s waterways.
“It shows just how much people in this part of the country value their local waterways and want to help keep them special. We’re now working with a wide variety of people including community groups, canal societies, local businesses and even schools, Scout groups and Girl Guides on a whole host of different tasks, it’s fantastic. Some groups have even adopted their local stretch which is brilliant.
“We’d like to thank each and every person that’s helped us and we look forward to continuing the great work over the next twelve months. Hopefully we can get more people involved in helping to care for and promote their local waterways.”
Our team of volunteers love to keep active, meet new friends and do their bit to keep their local canal a special place
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