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're bird-spotters! We've come here purely for pleasure in this lovely scenery to spot the birds. We like nature and love walking by water, especially when you get the light sparkling on the water, it's just beautiful. Canals are a stress breaker when you see the beauty around and there's usually something different to see. One of the most emotional moments we've ever had on the canals was the day we went on a boat trip over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. When we were halfway across and looked down, that was an experience! The views are what we like about walking canals. Looking out over the estuary here today is lovely and there are so many birds on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. And it's flat walking too - that's quite good for us!
Have you spotted anything unusual today?
Well, that depends on what you mean by unusual. I'd call something unusual if I hadn't seen it before, so 'no'. We've walked the Grand Union Canal, the Oxford Canal and all over the place and seen everything from osprey to ducks. There's a little bird just over there on the estuary today and it's all hunched down so can't say for sure, but I think it is a lapwing. We usually have our binoculars with us and we've got a motto, "Your eyes are cameras, what you've seen goes into your brain and you can store it!" For bird spotters, nothing is just ordinary on the canals, not even the ducks."
Barbara & Mike, Splatt Bridge, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal