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.
Enjoy the stories of people that live, visit or work on our canals and rivers.
Michael & Patricia at Withybed
When I think about the canal here in Alvechurch, it's nice to know that the navvies built all this, and then they built the railway, and then of course the motorway arrived.
Jonathan & Lee at Tardebigge Old Wharf
Easter is early this year so it's panic, panic, panic trying to get everything ready because we've only got a month now!
Beverley & Luka at Alvechurch
They're a very boingy breed and he likes to say hello to people. Luka is an Irish Water Spaniel and, yes, he likes the water!
Amanda & Mike at Worcester
"You can't better this!" That's what we were just saying to each other a minute ago as we were walking along the waterside. We moved here around seven years ago, as part of our retirement plan
Vera at Alvechurch
I'm not a rambler any more, I'd call myself an ambler now! I enjoy walking and I shall carry on enjoying my ambles, especially on such a lovely sunny day like today.
Chris at Hanbury Wharf
My father had a caravan park so I initially started off buying and selling caravans. Hanbury Wharf came up for sale in 1993 so we bought it. We felt we could broker boats, and then got into running the marina and boat yard services, then promoting and expanding the boat sales.
Monty & Maisie at Staverton
This is Monty the Labrador and Maisie the terrier. Monty is 13 and a half years old now and he's had a lot of trouble, but he's still going strong.
Simeon & Meg at Saul Junction
We’re from Gloucestershire College campus in Cheltenham and we work with learners with moderate to severe learning difficulties. The college has been involved for about two years bringing groups of learners to Saul Junction, and that’s going really, really well.
Conrad, Josh & Marshal at Hilperton
Fishing is meant to be completely relaxing, but I promise I will get stressed if Josh catches one and I don't! And he will the other way round!