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.
Felix: “I’m eight and this is my brother who is five. This was our first proper fishing trip and I didn’t really know what it would be like. I never thought I’d catch a big fish. We were setting up for ages, and that was ok, but when we actually started fishing properly that was when it got good. I caught a few little fish, and then a big one came but it got away. I was waiting for ages after that. I thought I was just unlucky. But then the big fish came back. The float was moving and people were saying ‘that’s a big one, that’s a big one!’ It was so exciting. And then when I lifted my rod up the fish was there, on the hook. We needed to use a net to bring it in. It was a massive perch. I just couldn’t believe it was me that caught it.”
Freddie: “I caught a million gudgeon and a big roach. I liked the maggots the best. They were all wriggly and tickly. And I got to throw them into the water to make the fish come.”
Felix: “My favourite part was holding the fish. They felt really nice in my hands, all slimy. I liked the maggots as well but not as much as Freddie did. I’m going to tell everyone at school on Monday that I caught a big perch on my first ever fishing trip. I want to be a fisherman now when I grow up. And a rock star.”
Freddie and Felix, Shropshire Union Canal. Market Drayton
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