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.
Fred, or Jeff as he calls himself, is having a great day. The name Jeff started one day when he called himself that, and we all laughed so much that I think he liked it - and so it's stuck! Anyway Fred, or Jeff, has been having great fun jumping in the puddles getting his wellies very mucky - he had to lose those before he went onto Daddy's back!
Fred hasn't even had a sleep yet today because there's so much to see! As well as all the boats, we've seen a moorhen, some ducks and we thought we saw a heron, but then we realised it might just be a seagull.
Yousaf and Emmeline live in Trowbridge and the rest of us live in Bruton. We met up on the train and went for a swim first and now we're just going for a walk along the canal back to Trowbridge. We're seasoned walkers so it's not too much for any of us. When we get there, the girls are looking forward to a sleep-over tonight, and I think Fred should sleep well after the excitement of the day.
Fred's picking up new words so fast at the moment, and the latest one today is 'boat!' He's been desperately waving at people on the boats passing by and no-one has waved back yet. Don't worry there are more boats coming! Wave harder!
Gary, Jessica, Yousaf, Emmeline (8), Martha (5) & Fred (19mths), Widbrook Bridge, Kennet & Avon Canal
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