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.
"I’ve always been a lover of the great outdoors and used to go on walking holidays with my friend Phil. Phil got a job nearly three years ago with the Trust as a Data Collector. A couple of years later there was another vacancy and I got the job, so Phil and I work together.
We’re based out of the historic Braunston Toll office and our patch covers the Oxford and Grand Union Canals. As Data Collectors for the enforcement team our role is to walk and cycle the towpaths logging every boat we see into our hand held computers.
On many of our walks there can be long stretches of canal with very few boats to check and you do see a lot of wildlife. As we do our boat checking individually, we started taking photos of the wildlife we were seeing to show each other at the end of the day. We’ve seen loads of different creatures from water voles to grass snakes and even water buffalo in a farmers field next the canal. Its becomming a bit of a competition between us!
I really feel so lucky to work in the outdoors, working at the Trust has made me realise just how wonderful the canals are and I really enjoy spotting the wildlife on my travels."
Adam & Phill, Braunston, covering the Grand Union and Oxford Canals.
Read on for more from Adam, and his top tips for taking great wildlife photography.
Find out more about the iconic birds that share their home along our waterways.