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.
Stay up to date.
27 November 2017
With just a few weeks until Christmas, the season to be jolly is nearly upon us! Try something a bit different this year to ease yourself into the festive spirit and get afloat on England’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail with a ‘Santa Splash’.
Two lock gates, each weighing more than an African Bush Elephant, have been craned into Lincomb Lock on the River Severn in Worcestershire.
24 November 2017
A £50,000 dredging operation is about to get underway next week as we make it easier for boaters to visit Stratford upon Avon.
21 November 2017
A team of volunteers has helped us to improve habitats for water voles on the Chesterfield Canal.
20 November 2017
We're working with a team of local metal detectorists on a one off project to help uncover the 200-year history of the Grand Union Canal in Aylesbury.
The Shropshire Union Canal through Market Drayton is to get a major facelift, thanks to an innovative arts project launched by Market Drayton Community Partnership and us.
17 November 2017
This week, work begins on a landmark dredging project to help transform East Yorkshire’s Pocklington Canal. This is the first time in over a century that two sections (totalling just under a mile) of the 9-mile canal are being dredged.
15 November 2017
For the second year running we are holding a festive boat festival at the famous Foxton Locks in Leicestershire.
14 November 2017
This autumn marks the end of an era for the North Wales & Borders Waterway with the retirement of three key staff, who collectively have notched up nearly a century of service to the canals.
We have started a major project to improve over 3.5km of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal towpath in Greater Manchester.