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.
"I was in the Navy, but God moved me from where I was to what I'm doing now. I'm just on my journey - it doesn't matter where I go, it's the journey - wherever I end up, I end up.
I'm here fundraising for Canal & River Trust. I fundraise on the Mon & Brec Canal in Wales, the Gloucester & Sharpness, the Kennet & Avon, so I'm a man that gets about. I do this job because I know canals need to be kept. They really do. I was brought up in Birmingham near the BCN, only about 20 minutes’ walk from Gas Street Basin. For me, seeing it as a mud pit then, to how it is today, I know canals need to be kept and worked upon for the future... my grandchildren and their grandchildren need this!
When I was a kid I played outside. I didn't have computers and stuff. Kids nowadays are going to be walking bent over with all sorts of trouble with their fingers and thumbs. They need canals for their outdoors and without this where would they go, what would they do without all this nature and wildlife? 2,000 miles of walking through history, you can't beat it. You really can't!
I joined the Navy when I was 16. I met my wife early in my career and had two children, so after 28½ years in the Navy we left asking ourselves, "What do we want to do now?" Our journey really started having a meal in the Barge Inn in Bradford on Avon - watching the boats, we said, "We’d love to do that!" So we had a narrowboat built. We live on it now. We're roving traders too because my wife is an artist. She's painted this scene of Jack's house behind me. Jack used to be the lock keeper here for many years until he retired, and he's been able to stay living in the house.
We're planning to cruise around here, and then we're off to the Kennet & Avon. Ah, it'll only take us around a month to get there. So yes I'm on my journey, I just can't sit and get stressed out in an office. As an air trafficker in the Navy, it was a high-pressure job. Now I do my bit talking to people and telling them about canals."
Gary, Fundraiser, Saul Junction, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal