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.
We're searching for new volunteers to take up the most iconic waterway role – the lock keeper.
We're on the lookout for people interested in volunteering at the locks in Camden Market, helping passing boaters, welcoming visitors and giving a hand to the Trust’s teams in maintaining the canal.
The volunteers will help to keep the historic tradition of lock-keeping alive along the canal, where lock keepers have been part of waterway life for hundreds of years.
Full training is provided and people of all ages and experiences are encouraged to apply. Volunteer lock keepers work on a shift basis throughout the year, typically a minimum of one day per fortnight, with busier periods expected between April-October.
Peigi Mackay, who has volunteered as a lock keeper in Camden for three years, said: “I grew up in London and the canal was an area for adventure and walks away from traffic. So when the opportunity came to share that enthusiasm for my local area with boaters, walkers and visitors to Camden Market I took it.
"I like being outdoors, doing some physical work and talking to the many people of all ages who are intrigued by the workings of the lock and the slow, stately passage of the boats as they rise and fall through the three locks of the flight near Camden Market.”
Applications for the role are open until 29 January. Find out more at canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer or call 0303 0404040.
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