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.
"As far as I’m aware my job’s unique… I’m the only National Towpath Ranger around. I love my job, not least because it means I get to talk to all sorts of different people who use our canals. For me, whilst I love boats and bikes and walking the towpaths, it’s all the awesome folk that live on and visit canals that make them so special.
Sometimes I find it quite hard to explain to people what my job is, but it’s pretty simple really – I run a bunch of projects to ensure canals, rivers and towpaths are special places for everyone to enjoy and it’s not hard to be passionate about that, is it?
This includes running the Share the Space, Drop your Pace campaign - which reminds everyone to be more considerate to each other on towpaths - sorting out welcome signs and maps, training and recruiting Volunteer Towpath Rangers and setting up the odd community garden too. I’d like to think I'm quite good at coming up with creative ideas for these things, but I guess that’s for others to judge really.
I've always had a connection with water in some way or other. I worked in marine navigation for 15 years before I started working for the Trust, and I lived on a narrowboat at Three Mills in Bow for many years too (although I’ve 'gone brick' now, as they say). People often ask if I miss living on boat, and whilst I did love it because I get to spend most of my time on canals, I don’t really. I can’t say the same for my cat, Tigger, though. He’s a Bengal snow leopard, and as a breed they’re well known for their fascination with water. To be honest, I’m not sure he’s really forgiven me yet, but I live in hope he will one day."
Dick, National Towpath Ranger. London, Regent’s Canal