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've been to quite a few Open Days on the canals now. It's really interesting to go down into the lock and there are plenty of people to answer our questions. But for us it is especially fascinating to be here today to see Shardlow’s Derwent Mouth Lock without any water in it. When we first bought a boat in 1984, this was the first lock we ever went through.
We've still got the same boat - she's called Fusilier. Every now and again we say we're going to change her, but we love her too much. We find locks harder to work now, so these days we like cruising the River Trent near Shardlow because the locks are done for you.
We go to the meetings about the waterways twice a year and we're on the email loop of the Boaters' Updates, so that's how we heard about this Open Day at Shardlow. Charlotte has been trying to find Santa here today! She's been following the Santa trail and answering twelve questions in the quiz to get her goodie bag!
"So, what was the best thing about the day for you, Charlotte?"
"Going into the lock! I got my socks wet, Grandpa!"
Dave, Nancy & Charlotte, Derwent Mouth Lock, Shardlow, Trent & Mersey Canal
Come to an Open Day
Walk through a drained lock and talk to our expert teams about fascinating local facts