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.
We've had our boat for about five years. It's the third narrowboat we've owned - I think the canals are in my husband's blood now.
We bought our first boat when our children were little, and then they got to that age when they didn’t want come with us so much, so we sold it. As we've been through the different stages in our life, we've always felt we wanted to get back out boating again.
This is our best stage in our boating lives now I would say. We don't have toddlers to watch and we can do anything we choose to do. It's so easy to enjoy the calm, peace and nature of the canals. And we love the community of boaters too. For instance, this morning the canal was blocked with branches from a tree after a Storm Doris hit in the night and we all just mucked in to help clear the debris from the water.
We're only out for a couple of days boating this week. We definitely don't use our boat as often as we should! We live in Kingswinford, which isn't far from here and the boat is moored at Hinksford. This trip is with our niece Ruby who has come from Wales to come out on the boat with us. In the stormy weather yesterday we decided we couldn't cruise, so we moored up safely in Kinver and we played board games in the boat all day. It was fun. The storm showed it's not just peace and quiet on the canals, it's adventures as well!
Anne & Ruby, Stewponey Lock, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal