Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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
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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.
As a family, when my daughters were in their teens, we had a lot of canal holidays, and that's when I fell in love with canals. About 12 years ago we moved to live near the wharf at Lyneal on the Llangollen Canal and I got involved as a volunteer with the Lyneal Trust, a small charity providing canal-based recreation and holidays for people with disabilities, illnesses or vulnerabilities, and their families and carers.
A couple of years later I was invited to become a trustee, and five or six years ago I ended up as Chairman. So now I work harder than I ever did when I worked!
The Lyneal Trust has two narrowboats, Shropshire Lass and Shropshire Lad, which are specially adapted to be accessible for disabled people. And we're very excited about a new day boat which will be joining us soon – Shropshire Lady. When we were designing the adaptions for our original boats, we had advice from one of trustees and one of volunteers who were disabled - and for our new boat we have the help of two occupational therapists who are very up to date with current needs.
I’m proud of our boats but one of our proudest moments was when both Shropshire Lass and Shropshire Lad were in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames. It was wonderful to see so many thousands of people cheering and waving their Union Flags as we passed through Tower Bridge and there on the left was the Spirit of Chartwell with the royal family on board. The Queen gave us a wave and we sang the National Anthem and waved our flags with all our hearts. It was an exhausting day. It was cold and wet and the weather was as foul as I've ever known it on a boat!
Later in that year the Queen visited Shropshire. I was representing the charity on the day and was invited to meet the Queen in a reception line. Her Majesty asked me what it had been like on the boat in her Jubilee Pageant, and I replied that the crowds were phenomenal - and then, as she left moving onwards in the reception line she added, "Wasn't it a pity about the weather?" I said to her "Ah, Your Majesty it was terrible, in fact we all found it quite a long hard day." She stepped back, faced me and said... "You don't need to tell me that!"
When I do slide shows for the Lyneal Trust, I always end them with that story!
Chris, Lyneal Trust, Llangollen Canal