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.
"When we started selling cheese from a narrowboat I had no idea of the amazing story hidden in my family history.
We'd already been running the business, The Borders Cheese Carrying Company, selling Welsh cheeses from our boat for years when I found out I had an uncanny connection with my great grandfather. The discovery came when a project looking after the historic boat Saturn started unfolding stories about some of the men who crewed the famous Shroppie fly-boats in the heyday of working boats. When I spotted one name, I said "Richard Jones, that's my great grandad!" That's how I found out he was a Shroppie fly-boat man! Shroppie fly-boat men were the elite of boatmen, crewing horse-pulled boats with super-fast performance. So my great grandad worked as one of the team running non-stop day and night to carry perishable goods across the waterways. He always did the standard run - Ellesmere Port to Wolverhampton and back, and he carried Cheshire Cheese in his boat. Today I carry Snowdonia and Caws Cenarth Cheese, which I think is cheese that's a little bit special.
I remember my great grandad from when I was little, sitting outside the Barbridge Inn, or the Kings Arms as it was in the 1970s. I used to sit fishing listening to his stories but I didn't really take them in... I was just looking for the next fish. He lived to be 100 and something, but sadly he's no longer with us – he died in 1987 I think. I've got a photograph of him and people say we look very alike.
Sue and I have been living on our boat travelling with cheeses for around six years now. We don't have an engine to propel us because we have one of the few completely electric boats on the canals today. We've got solar panels, a massive electric factory below and a brain of a victron! There's underfloor heating to keep us warm and batteries to safely keep the cheese cool. There's a freezer on board, two fridges and cool boxes everywhere.
Nooshka, our Welsh tabby cat, lives aboard with us. She keeps pests away... so she's security! It's a good life for the three of us, travelling on the water. Before we started this business we ran a boatyard fixing boats and we didn't get to go out in the boat much. Now we do some big journeys, 40 hours this week, and that's better than being stuck in any office job. It's a great feeling not working for someone else."
Ade, Sue & Nooshka, Pelsall, Wyrley & Essington Canal