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.
"My ashes will be tipped off that canal bridge. We've had some good times on the canals. We're all volunteers and we all do it for different reasons, but the joy of working here for me, and it is a joy, is that I feel people bring more stuff in than they take out. They bring their stories and there's so much history.
My wife and I were once nominated for one of those Buckingham Palace party things. We used to organise the annual Saul Canal Festival and Folk on the Water. We had lots of fun and great feedback every year, but the flood that washed out the festival in 2007 was the final straw and we couldn't afford to carry on. The festival takes so much effort to do that after it finishes you want to go away boating just to get away for a while, and then you can start planning again for next year. I used to sometimes ask myself, "Why do I do it?" but you love it on a sunny afternoon at the festival when you see so many smiles on faces and that pays you back. I stood on the bridge one day when the festival was on and saw a man crying. He could see I was concerned and turned to me and said, "Don't worry it's tears of joy, I've just heard a woman singing Danny Boy unaccompanied.”
I'm still a boater now. We love it here. My grandfather was a ferry man at Framilode and he kept the pub there. I'm 67 but I've got a picture of me here when I was knee high. My mum's sister used to take us on walks and I've got one of those tiny photos of me about 10 metres from where our boat is now."
Clive & Chris, Cotswold Canal Trust Visitor Centre, Saul Junction, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
It’s not easy being a duck. We’ve spoken to Deidre, a Berkhamsted-based mallard about the day-to-day challenges she faces.