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.
On Thursday 10 March we hosted our first ever ‘virtual open day’.
"These are the only gates that enable access into Docklands, so it’s a vital project.”
Over the course of a couple of hours we used our twitter feed to guide you through the removal of a massive, 160 tonne lock gate which welcomes vessels from all over the world into London’s Docklands.
Colin Perkins, who is overseeing the project, says: “At other locks around the country we crane the gates out for repairs, but the ones in West India Dock are so big that we have to float them off. The work is very technical, particularly because of the size of the gates and weight of thousands of cubic metres of water. These are the only gates that enable access into Docklands, so it’s a vital project.”
We heard from engineers, harbour masters, divers and more.We also gave an insight into the history of the area and exploring some of the lesser known local points of interest.
It takes an awful lot of hard work to keep our canals and rivers flowing. Read about the teams who work behind-the-scenes to make your visit a rewarding one each time you step onto the towpath
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire