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.
I've already lost about two and a half stone since I've been slimming and exercising. I've cycled off and on throughout my life, but nothing like the long distances I do now. By the time I get back home, I'll have cycled around 50 miles today.
Canals are a very pleasant place to cycle because you haven't got hills so it's not such hard work. As you get older of course the hills get steeper! I've got a battery motor on this bike but I hardly use it now I've lost weight - although on my way back home, I'll come across one or two hills and the backup helps.
The cycle route I use follows the canal most of the way. It's a superb facility, I'm so lucky to live only three miles from the cycle paths. I live just north of Bristol which is about 25 miles from here. I cycle as far as this, have my lunch and then head back.
I suppose what started me off slimming and cycling was my health issues. I was overweight and had the start of Type 2 diabetes, and then I got blood pressure problems and internal fat causing liver cirrhosis. I got there in the nick of time to lose weight. I don't like to think what might have happened if I hadn't started cycling canals and slimming.
Eating is a habit and I know I wasn't always hungry when I ate. For example, I know they have gorgeous fruitcake in the café by the lock, and I used to have one every time I went past it - but I'm happy with my couscous salad for lunch today!
I'm retired and I don't have to rush anywhere, so I just like to get on my bike, head off and see where I end up. You've got to do something to keep going, haven't you? But this isn't my only bike. I've got a tandem and a 1200cc BMW motorbike which I'm going to Barcelona on this year with my Mrs on the back.
Denis, Bradford Lock, Bradford on Avon, Kennet & Avon Canal
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