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.
This week our wonderful volunteers visited the River Lee and helped to clear around 60 sacks of rubbish.
The volunteers volunteer regularly as part of our Towpath Taskforce team, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of the most important heritage and wildlife habitats along the river.
Murray Scott and David Edwards both had careers as directors of companies in the City of London and have become friends through volunteering together. Murray said: “We could have spent our retirement playing golf or sitting around, but we wanted to do something useful and meet up with some friends. They call us conservation volunteers, but we call ourselves conversation volunteers!”
We're still looking for new people to join Towpath Taskforce, which meets once a month. Becky Williams, Canal & River Trust volunteer leader, says: “The event on Thursday was a lot of fun. Why do people do it? Well everyone has their own reasons, usually it’s a mix of being part of a nice friendly group, being outdoors, caring for your local environment, or just being beside the water.
"The volunteers are made up from those who have volunteered in the area for years - 11 in one case - and those who have just joined us. What a lot of people there said was how friendly and welcoming the group is. You don't need any special skills to join, just turn up in some suitable outdoor clothes and we will help you with the rest.”
Projects the Taskforce take on include litter picking, painting, towpath maintenance, repairs to listed structures, creating wildlife habitats and tree planting. No special skills are required and lunch and refreshments are provided. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month and the next meeting is 19 February.
For more details about getting involved contact email@example.com 07799436816
Pocklington Canal needs you
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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
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways
See the Nottingham Beeston Canal in a new light this February
12 February 2018
Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
9 February 2018