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.
She loves to roll about in the snow, so I normally end up with a completely soaking wet dog. That's why she's wearing her new red coat today. It only arrived last week so it's just in time for this snowy weather. We're going to Cornwall next week and she loves to roll in sand as well!
She's a Cockapoo and her name is Betsey - Betsey Trotwood if you want to know her full name. That's the Betsey who was David Copperfield's great aunt. My daughter is 21 now, but when she was about six we put Jane Eyre on TV. Although she probably didn't understand it, she absolutely loved it, and since then we've been big fans of costume dramas.
Betsey is a bit nervous of meeting people along the towpath that she doesn't know, but she loves anyone if they have a biscuit or a sausage!
Normally she walks off the lead, but I've kept her on the lead today because the canal is frozen and I don't want her to think she can walk on top of the ice and risk falling in.
We’ve only recently moved to Bradford on Avon. We used to live in the centre of Bath, but 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.
Alex & Betsey, Bradford on Avon, Kennet & Avon Canal
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