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.
"We've always wanted a boat, so when Geoff took early retirement, we said, "Why not!" rather than let the money sit in a bank.
I would definitely recommend it - I'm so glad we did it! We bought our boat last November and haven't regretted it, not for a minute. Well, ok, apart from perhaps when we had that downfall the other week and were in a lock getting drenched. It was torrential!
When we were looking for a boat to buy we saw this Aqualine narrowboat at New & Used Boats. It was seven years old, but its last owner had mostly kept it static in a mooring so its engine was still like brand new when we bought it. For us this boat is exactly what we wanted. It's been designed as a reverse layout with the bedroom at the front and kitchen at the back, which is great because Geoff can talk to me as he's driving along. Once you've had your first boat, you learn what you want most from the boat design. If we could buy a boat now, knowing more about the practicalities of boating, I don't think we'd change anything apart from perhaps having a longer bow with a bit more room to sit.
There was the excitement of finding the right boat for us, then there was the first journey. We set off in July and we're just pottering round the Four Counties Ring... starting off at Stourport, on to Anderton then to the Peak District and Macclesfield. We moor overnight and move on most days, except for weekends. We've been on the go since seven this morning so we're going to stay here for a bit and do a bit of fishing.
It's a really sociable way of life on the canals, and because the boat is so close to home everyone wants to come and visit, even friends from work. My sister visited last week, and the week before Geoff's brother visited us and we're having our grandchildren here tomorrow. They're six and eight and absolutely love coming to a boat to see their grandparents!
I'm really enjoying our first summer on our own boat. Since about 2000 we did holidays on hire boats, and loved it. But then we found ourselves cycling down the canal every weekend just to look at the boats...so that's when we thought, "We’ve got to get one!"
Caroline & Geoff, Tixall Wide, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal