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.
"Our lunchtimes here keep us sane for the afternoon back in the office. Because we work inside an office, we have to come outside every lunch break for a walk and to breathe in the nature along the canal. When we're here we get everything off our minds - we get rid of all the stresses of the day. We just love the sparkle on the water's surface when the sun is shining like it is today.
We work for the Brecon Beacons National Park which this canal runs through. There's such a lot of wildlife along this canal, so on our lunchbreaks we're always spotting ducks, moorhens, swans, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and even kingfishers. And there are otters, water voles and bats here as well. We're really lucky because it’s so beautiful
We're work colleagues, not friends – but of course we're colleagues who are friends too! Jean walked up to the top of the mountain of Pen y Fan recently, on a lovely sunny day like today - it's not easy, but it's worth it. Thankfully our lunchtime walks along the canal are much gentler than climbing Pen y Fan, but we try to power walk and get some really good exercise. Today we just walked to the bridge and back. A quarter of an hour there and a quarter of an hour back - and time for a quick lunch, before it's back to work again!"
Anne & Jean, Brecon, Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
Love My Stretch
Find your favourite stretch on the map, share your story and donate to help maintain your beautiful waterways, and that special spot will be yours for a year.
Can you spot the difference between a male and female duck? Take part in our nature quiz and put your knowledge to the etst!