Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
Winter open days
Our open days offer a different perspective of our waterways, a behind-the-scenes look at the great work we do. A free day out for all the family.
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.
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?
Volunteering in partnership
Want to make a real difference to your community? You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year
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
100% of your donation will be used to make life better by water
Canals are better with Friends
Becoming a Friend by making a monthly donation is one of the most effective ways to support our work
Leave a legacy
Will you leave a gift in your Will to keep the canals and rivers you care about alive?
Give in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Give in celebration
Got a favourite place in mind? Dedicate it in celebration of a loved one today
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Stay up to date.
8 July 2020
Canal & River Trust is the charity making life better by water. We care for over 2000 miles of towpaths in England and Wales which are mostly permissive paths, provided as open to everyone public spaces, free at the point of use, for the benefit of our nations. They are managed as ‘shared spaces with a pedestrian priority’.
29 June 2020
Could you be the next Bill Bryson? We have launched a search for a new generation of inspirational travel writers with the introduction of a summer writing competition, ‘Words on the Waterway’.
24 June 2020
A new partner is being sought to run the commercial fishery at Harthill Reservoir near Rotherham.
23 June 2020
The Government has announced that staycations will be allowed in England from 4 July. Together with Drifters, we're urging people to take a voyage of discovery around the nation’s canals and rivers this summer.
8 June 2020
We are pleased to announce our grant fund for small waterway-based charities is now open for applications.
5 June 2020
Work to improve the canal towpath in Skipton from Gawflat Swing Bridge, near Aireville Park, to Niffany Swing Bridge, has been completed.
4 June 2020
With swimming pools across the country closed, we urge young people not to be tempted to cool down in open water this summer. Water temperatures can be extremely cold causing even the strongest swimmers to get into trouble and there are often hidden risks under the surface of the water.
2 June 2020
Public safety at Carr Mill Reservoir, on the outskirts of St Helens, has had a boost with the installation of three new safety throw lines on the banks of the popular Merseyside beauty spot.
We regret to confirm that navigation opportunities along the Leeds & Liverpool, Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals this summer will be restricted due to the combined effect of reduced reservoir capacity and one of the driest springs on record.
22 May 2020
We are appealing for everyone to take a trip down memory lane and share recollections of happy times by water on social media