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.
"It wasn't until we moved here that we really noticed the movement of the sun. The sunset changes all the time."
Amanda and Mike
"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, and live in one of the apartments overlooking the water.
It was a series of coincidences that brought us here and we just think how lucky we are! Living by the water ticked all the boxes on our list of what we wanted in terms of retirement. We're on the top floor with glass windows right across the living room and we've got the balcony - so this is our daily view over the water!
It wasn't until we moved here that we really noticed the movement of the sun. The sunset changes all the time - in peak summer it sets just to the left of the church spire and in the peak of the winter it sets just clearing the hills. We watch that move - it's something we really like.
There's always movement here! Come Easter we'll get the narrowboats coming back out again, we see people commuting, people walking like us, dogs, families, cyclists… And there’s so much wildlife to watch. Often we see a kingfisher by the lock, cormorants by the weir, we have a local heron, and once in a blue moon we see a seal who visits!
The Worcester & Birmingham Canal was in Britain's top 100 walks last week with Julia Bradbury on ITV. In December, Ramblers also asked their members to submit nominations for the best local area for everyday life, so we nominated our canal. Diglis has reached the top 10 so far and it's going out for public voting this month.
We've walked the whole canal and we do the ring too. We're Friends of the Canal & River Trust charity and we walk the canals and rivers almost every day. We love it here - we're very passionate about it and we think it has a lot to offer.
Amanda & Mike, Worcester, River Severn/Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Take a relaxing walk
A walk by the water makes everyone feel better. Find your nearest towpath walk