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.
Volunteers have given a record amount of time to help us care for the nation’s historic waterways over the past year.
Volunteers gave 481,722 hours over the course of the last financial year, up 17% on the year before. Encouragingly there was an increase in the amount of time given by people aged 16-24. This impressive rise represents the work of 2,674 directly recruited volunteers and over 320 groups.
Headline figures include:
Over the next year we are aiming to make even more of a difference through volunteering. For example the we are currently training 800 people to help as volunteer lock keepers at over 100 places across England and Wales.
Richard Parry, chief executive at Canal & River Trust, said: “I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has given their time so generously over the past year. Volunteers bring so much passion and enthusiasm to the waterways and make a significant contribution to the work we do.
"There are too many fantastic projects to list, from the communities tackling invasive plants on their doorsteps to the friendly faces you’ll see working many of our locks to our team of education volunteers inspiring the next generation. This was also the first year volunteers and communities were actively involved in our emergency response work, playing a vital part in helping waterways recover from the devastation of the Boxing Day floods.
“I’m especially pleased to see many young people getting involved. Our mission is to protect our canals and rivers for the next hundred years and that is something that will lie in the hands of those who are getting to know and love the waterways now."
Our volunteers help with all aspects of our work, so we always have a large variety of roles available. Find out what we've got for 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