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 lucky because we sold up and don't owe anybody anything, which is a big thing in these times. We live on our boat, Persephone, and I'm a marine engineer with my own business called Pegasus. I've been doing this job for 10 years now and making a living from work I get from other boaters along the canals. There aren't many engineers around on the water, and it's even harder to find a good one. At the moment I work between Nantwich and Braunston. We're travelling on to Atherstone tomorrow, but we're making the best of this spot at Tixall Wide today because it's such a lovely day, and this is such a lovely place to be.
I've always been a boater. I was at sea on tugs and trawlers, and that's where I learnt my trade. We've got another boat down in Bristol. She's a 32ft Tinkerbell yacht.
Paula wasn't water inclined at all when we met, so the idea behind getting this narrowboat was to try and get her used to the water so that we could go out on the other one. That plan didn't work because Paula is happy now on water where she can see land either side, and has a boat with an engine. She says, "Forget it!!!" to the idea of being aboard a boat that might roll over in big water.
Lassie is a real boat dog. She's always known boats! She belonged to a friend of ours and spent her days wandering around the boat yard. Our friend unfortunately passed away so Lassie came to live with us. She's getting old now, she's 15, but she still loves our boat life."
Colin & Paula, Tixall Wide, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal