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.
"If you want a dog that will make you happy, even when you're in the foulest of moods, get one of these!"
They're a very boingy breed and he likes to say hello to people. Luka is an Irish Water Spaniel and, yes, he likes the water! They're bred to go in water so he went in yesterday, and he went in this morning! Even though their coat looks curly, they have bare tummies so when he goes in the canal he gets cold afterwards and I have to get the hairdryer out.
I live by the canalside and I've done 20 years of this towpath. I've always had German Shepherds and I walked the canal towpaths here with them too. I've had five German Shepherds and I love them, but when I lost my last - three years ago, in two weeks’ time - I was adamant I wasn't having another dog, and I definitely wasn't having another German Shepherd because my last one was so special.
I'd seen Irish Water Spaniels at Crufts and I thought, 'they look fun!' That's how I came to have Luka. He was born in September 2016 and there were only 191 Irish Water Spaniels registered that year, so they are quite rare. He's such a good dog. They look hilarious and they're called the clown dog. If you want a dog that will make you happy, even when you're in the foulest of moods, get one of these! I can't even get angry with him. They're not crazy but they are very bouncy, and he's such a character. We have a lot of fun on our walks - he's a cracking dog.
Beverley & Luka, Alvechurch, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Find a towpath walk near you
Whether your walking with alone, with family or with friends - however many legs they've got - being by the water makes it all the more special