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.
Fishing is meant to be completely relaxing, but I promise I will get stressed if Josh catches one and I don't! And he will the other way round!
The enjoyment of it is the unknown - when you catch something under the water you could have something really small or you could have a big 30-pound fish! We always fish for the big 30-pounder of course!
Many fishermen on the canals are carp fishing, but we're looking for pike today. We like keeping active and on the move when we fish, and on a cold day like this, it keeps us warmer.
The sort of fishing we're doing is different to the type of fishing when you find a spot and sit there for hours hoping to catch a fish. We keep moving along so we're looking for them, rather than waiting for them to come to us. Our method is just trying different spots, dragging with the spinner at the end of the line. What I'm doing is making this spinner look like a fish in distress, so it bobs up and down and catches the pike's eye and they think it's a fish they can eat.
A tip I'd give to anyone thinking of taking up fishing is keep at it, don't get disheartened. My birthday is on the first day of the fishing season, 16 June and I've been fishing ever since I can remember!
I live near Trowbridge, which is not far from the canal, so it's nice and convenient for me. I can remember when this canal wasn't being used and I've seen all the work done on improving it. When I was a little kid I used to ride here with my whole family and we'd make a day out of it going up as far as Bath. It's so much nicer and safer than on the roads. We had a lot of fun.
Conrad, Josh & Marshal, Hilperton, Kennet & Avon Canal
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