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.
"People call me the Pied Piper of Hanbury! Rumour has it that if I play tunes on my flute a boat will suddenly come along any empty canal. Looks like it's just the swans who want to come into my lock today! I always keep some swan food in the little shed next to this lock so that I can steer them away from the danger of getting trapped in the lock. When the swans have their cygnets it can be a full-time job keeping them all safe. As soon as you’ve steered them away, they come back again!
I've lived here for 35 years and it's wonderful to see so much water life in the Droitwich Canal now - especially when you think that it was dry and derelict here until it reopened in 2011. All this stretch along here was once overgrown with weeds.
I think some of the beauty of this canal comes from the fact that volunteers helped restore it. With all the work that had to be done to reopen the canal, it couldn't have happened without the support of its volunteers. I do talks about the restoration and I have a big collection of photographs I've taken over the years. There’s so much history on this canal.
When I first came to this area I was working full-time for the Police Force so I didn't have much free time, but I joined the canal society and used to read the magazine. When I retired from the police, I still did part-time driver training for ten years. But when the novelty of getting up early in the mornings wore off, I decided to become a volunteer ranger for Canal & River Trust. When I joined I said there was no way I would start any earlier than ten in the morning! So that's what I do, and that suits me.
Now I'm retired I can spend my time serenading boats through the locks. I've been known to play Land of Our Fathers which is a big favourite with people! I've got lots of instruments, including two Alpine Horns. One of them is wooden and comes in two lengths of six-foot. The other one is carbon fibre and it folds up so that I can carry it on my bike. My plan is to play it in every tunnel I can find in the area. A friend said “Could it be that you’re becoming a little eccentric?” I replied, No, I've been eccentric for quite a while!”
David, Hanbury Locks, Droitwich Canal
Love My Stretch
Find your favourite stretch on the map, share your story and donate to help maintain your beautiful waterways, and that special spot will be yours for a year.
Read more stories
Each month we head out onto our waterways to meet the people who live, visit or work on our canals and rivers to share their stories with you.