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.
After thirty or so years behind a computer in my old job, I rather like going outdoors and saying 'hello' to people now. I love being a volunteer on the canals because it gets me out in the open air and I meet lots of interesting people.
I mainly work along the Erewash Canal, where I've painted a lot of lock gates and cleared vegetation. Other times I've done publicity like I'm doing today at this Open Day. It's great to see everyone interested in going down into the empty lock. In October I helped at the lock in Leicester on Diwali Day - that was a wonderful thing to see! I get a lot out of going to events like these where I can help spread the word about canals.
I first got interested in canals when I was about fourteen. I used to go boating on the Bridgewater Canal and I've still got photos of us boating with a ‘bierkeller’ on the roof - but that's another story!
When work life got in the way, I lost touch with canals. Then, a couple of years ago, an Open Day at Foxton, similar to this one today, reintroduced me to canals. I'd never actually seen the bottom of a lock before and that rekindled my interest.
When I was offered voluntary redundancy from work, I took it and became a volunteer lock keeper for a while. And here I am now doing publicity, telling people about our canals and trying to help keep heritage alive for other people!
Geoff, Shardlow, Trent & Mersey Canal
Come along to one of our fascinating Open Days
Volunteer with us
Could you join Geoff and others on our volunteer team?