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're launching a national series of 15 free, public open days, as part of our five-month, £45 million restoration and repair programme to canals and rivers across England and Wales.
The open days will give you the rare chance to see some of the finest examples of working industrial heritage in the world. You could find yourself climbing down into famous locks in Camden or walking through an aqueduct in Wales’ picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.
As part of the programme, the we're running a three-month survey to record the volume and variety of rubbish discarded in Britain’s waterways.
From the ubiquitous shopping trolleys, traffic cones, tyres, bikes, bottles and plastic bags to the more unusual safes, unexploded bombs, cars and war medals, we spend nearly £1 million hauling lost and discarded items from the waterways each year.
We want to raise public awareness of the impact of rubbish on Britain’s canals and rivers and will be publishing the results of the survey in the spring.
Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, says: “The Canal & River Trust cares for a remarkable network of historic waterways, which are still working just as they were designed to 200 years ago. Keeping them open and safe requires a huge amount of planning, investment and craftsmanship and involves a wide range of experts, from civil engineers and hydrologists to heritage experts and ecologists.
“As part of this maintenance we will be recording everything we find when the water is drained. Sadly a small number of people think it’s acceptable to dump things like shopping trolleys and other rubbish in our canals and rivers.
"Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to clear this up to maintain them for the benefit of millions of people who visit each year. We need to highlight the issue to make people realise the damage that rubbish can cause to our visitors, boaters, wildlife and the appearance of our waterways.”
Find an open day near you
Find out more about the Restoration & Repair programme and the open days taking place near you
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