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.
"Yes, this place is quite romantic for us really! We're driving to Pembrokeshire today and we've just stopped for a picnic in this beautiful spot because it's where we came about 45 years ago on the very first camping trip we ever did. And we're here again!
We can't remember exactly where we camped, or if we climbed any of these Welsh hills, or what we did really – well, it was 45 years ago! We live in Canada now, in a lovely rural area. We've both travelled a lot, all around the world, but the Brecon Beacons Park ranks well in all the places we've visited. We think Scotland is really beautiful, but you don't get the Scottish winds here on this Welsh canal. It's so nice and peaceful here.
We've got friends who live in Pembrokeshire, so whenever we're in Britain we make a trip to Wales to see them. That's where we're going after our picnic. Jerry grew up close to Bristol, and he left to go and live in Canada when he was about 20 years old. But he still has his mum in Bristol. I was born in China and emigrated from there to Canada. Then I went to London and that's where I met Jerry all those years ago. We both consider ourselves Canadian now, but this place is still very special for us."
Debbie & Jerry, Brynich Lock, Monmouthshire & Brecon 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.