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
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.
Denis at Bradford Lock
I've already lost about two and a half stone since I've been slimming and exercising. I've cycled off and on throughout my life, but nothing like the long distances I do now. By the time I get back home, I'll have cycled around 50 miles today.
Macik & Tosia at Bradford Lock
This is my little girl, Tosia. She's three. We're boating together, with just the two of us on board today, so I'm asking people along the canalside if they can help us when we're working through the lock.
Alex & Betsy at Bradford on Avon
We’ve only recently moved to Bradford on Avon. We wanted to be somewhere with less traffic and more access to lovely walks. We love walking along the canal and we've got access to all of this now - it's fabulous - we love it here.
Barry, volunteer at the National Waterways Museum
I’m a volunteer at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. What keeps me coming back is I can see how we’re making progress and improving the museum.
Lorraine at Bradford on Avon
It doesn't seem to matter if it's sunny or snowing, we use the canals whatever the weather. Oh yes, I've had my turn on the sledge as well... of course!
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