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.
"This place brings back lots of great memories, as a child, my mum would bring me here. We’d sit for hours making daisy chains longer than my arms, running after the butterflies and trying to catch sight of a fish or frog. Now, not only do I walk across the same stretch of canal to get to work, I help to transform it too.
I was the youngest person ever to adopt a stretch of canal and it’s been such a great experience. Leading a Towpath Action Team has provided me with an appreciation and understanding of the environment and volunteering for the Canal and River Trust is such a rewarding way of giving back to the local community. So I jumped at the chance to be involved in Coast to Coast.
Coast to Coast is a brilliant opportunity for people my age to play an active part in improving their local communities for both people and wildlife. In my area it’s hard for young people to get jobs; this project gives us the opportunity to do something positive and have our voices heard. And as well as learning a new sport, volunteers like me will get real hands on experience and will be learning new skills. The skills we’ll be learning won’t just be about the canal, we’ll be learning about enterprise, leadership and communication and we’ll have those skills for life.
Seeing the improvement in ‘My Stretch’ already, gives me a real sense of pride and it’s built up community spirit. I loved it here as a child and I want to help preserve it for future generations. So I’m looking forward to meeting other young people on the Coast to Coast trail, sharing experiences and making a difference together."
Amy, coast to coast volunteer, Leeds & Liverpool Canal