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.
"We won this narrowboat holiday in a competition! When we won the voucher, Sidney was just a tiny baby, so we decided to keep it until he was bit older and could enjoy it more.
It's Poppy the dog's first trip on a boat as well. She likes it on the front bow where it's peaceful and quiet, but she's not keen at the back of the boat where the engine noise is.
We've just come up off the River Severn. We're heading along the Staffs & Worcs Canal and planning to cruise to Stourton Junction. I think that's as far as we'll get because the boat is due back by Friday, but we'll go further if we can. I think autumn is a nice time of year to go on a boating holiday because it's so pretty and there are fewer boats cruising on the water. We don't have to wait at the locks and there are plenty of places to moor up. And we haven't had any rain yet!
Because it's quiet, it's amazing how much wildlife we've seen as well. There are kingfishers everywhere - we've seen five kingfishers in this area here! And we haven't just spotted the blue streak that you usually catch from the corner of your eye as a kingfisher flies over the water – we've been able to watch them sitting on a perch.
Right now we're going to find a tea shop. When you're on holiday, you can't beat a good cup of tea!"
Stourport-on-Severn, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal