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.
It's just staggering how beautiful this area is. I've been coming down the A5 from the north for years because I've been mountain climbing in Wales ever since I was 14 - but this area on the Llangollen Canal is just delightful. Of course I'm not as active climbing mountains now, but when I'm cruising across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at least I'm not bothered by the height!
We're boating with our two friends who got married two weeks ago. Phantom, the big dog, was at the wedding wearing a neckerchief. He's the gentlest dog we've ever had! And Bebba just loves everybody! Between us we have four dogs on board – luckily they're very well-behaved dogs!
We love boating, but I wouldn't say we're experienced! We just like being outside and close to nature and that's what we enjoy about being on the canals. We'll be going home to Derbyshire later today and our friends want to head off towards the Montgomery Canal. They used to live in Derbyshire but they live in Geneva now. We all share a love of canals and we boated together on the Canal Du Midi last year. We've also been on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal with our daughter.
We find all the information the Canal & River Trust provide is really helpful and the whole place is kept so well on the Llangollen Canal. And I think our canals are every bit as nice as the Canal Du Midi - even without the wine and cheese - although you're never far from a decent cheese or wine in Britain these days!
Geoff, Phantom & Bebba, Llangollen, Llangollen Canal
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The lovely Llangollen Canal
There's more to this canal than the 11-mile World Heritage Site - but it's a good place to start