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.
A revamped stretch of the Erewash Canal’s historic towpath has been officially opened after a £500,000 project to improve the route for walkers and cyclists was completed.
We have been working since April to improve the towpath between Potters Lock and Awsworth Road Bridge. The aim of the project is to give local people a clean, green route to Ilkeston’s shops, businesses and the town’s new railway station.
The new path was officially opened by Deputy Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Paul Smith, MP for Erewash Maggie Throup and representatives of the Trust and cycling charity Sustrans.
The old path was quite narrow in places and suffered from puddles and mud in wet weather. The improvement works have strengthened the canal bank and seen a new wider, smoother path that will be more accessible for walkers, cyclists, boaters and people with wheelchairs or buggies.
Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Anne Western said: “We welcome initiatives which help people to walk and cycle. It’s a great way to stay healthy and better for the environment than travelling by car.
“We’re particularly pleased that this project will help local people reach the new railway station in Ilkeston which will be a fantastic asset for the town. The station will give local people new, faster opportunities to travel to Nottingham, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and Norwich, providing access to more job opportunities which will in turn boost the local economy.”
It’s the latest stretch of the Erewash Canal towpath to be improved, with the five mile section from Long Eaton to Hallam Fields being revamped in recent years.
Funding for the works has come from Derbyshire County Council and the Canal & River Trust. The project forms part of the Ilkeston Gateway, a programme of connecting infrastructure improvements allowing access between the railway station, local communities and Ilkeston Town Centre.
Lucie Hoelmer, Enterprise Manager for the Canal & River Trust said; “The new path is looking fantastic and we’ve already had lots of really positive comments from people that have used it.
“It’s a lovely route, providing a green, traffic-free escape in even the most urban of areas and the new towpath surface will make it a lot more enjoyable for local people.
“These improvements mean that people can get out and explore the wonderful wildlife and amazing history along their local towpath without getting their feet wet.”
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
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018