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.
I remember volunteering to help on the canals when I was only 15, I've canoed and walked all around the water here. I think we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. It's funny really because when I was young I couldn't wait to get away from it. At 16 you just want to see the world!
I joined the Grenadiers and served outside Buckingham Palace and in the Gulf War. As an ex-Grenadier Guards I have suffered from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Gulf War syndrome. Recently Laura and I lost a baby, so I come here almost every day for peace of mind.
Now I'm back here in Gloucestershire and awake to the bigger picture. I've been out of the army for 20 years now after spending nine years as a soldier and doing cadets before that. I understand the importance of joining the army, but it took the help of the charity for UK Forces Veterans, 'PTSD Resolution', to sort my mind out after going to war.
I'm a big fan of the Canal & River Trust charity and it's great to see things happening on the canals for good. I'm an Aquarian so the water is therapeutic for me! The water is fantastic and changes with the seasons. I bring my two kids who are six and four here and they love it too.
November is always a difficult time as it's Remembrance. But they say behind every good man is a greater woman! I see what I've got as beautiful – how she puts up with me, I have no idea! I love her. We are soul mates. I jump from cloud to cloud when I'm with her.
David & Laura, Sharpness Docks, River Severn