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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
"Oh you're my, yes you're my Delta LadyYes, you're my, me oh my, Delta Lady... "
I've been singing to anyone who passes through Liverpool docks for ten years now! It's wonderful, I love it here. I'm here every morning.
I was born just the other side of that building behind me, I had a paper round that circled the Liver building, and when I was a schoolboy this was just a patch of mud here. I've seen all the work that’s been done to restore and regenerate the docks. I think the changes to the Albert Dock and Liverpool's canals are great.
The water is clean nowadays and there's so much wildlife that I love to watch. Tourists like to take photographs of the swans, but if you watch long enough you can see all sorts of amazing wildlife! I've seen perch and roach coming down the canal, crabs, flatties like dabs, Arctic tern, kingfishers and even octopus and rays. Big yellow starfish climb up the dock walls, but if they climb too high the gulls get them! There are lots of eels in the water and I often see cormorants trying to catch them. The eels put up a fight and will wrap themselves around the cormorants’ necks, but the cormorants always win. One day someone called emergency services because they thought someone was in trouble in the river, but it was a seal! I see all sorts while I sing from this bridge!
I'm a retired railwayman, and I used to be professional songwriter too. I wouldn't want be on the road any more, I'm just happy singing the songs I like, and hope other people like them too. Passers-by often ask if I’ll play a Beatles song, but I try to avoid Beatles' stuff because it's everywhere here in Liverpool! In June it’s the 50th anniversary of the Sergeant Peppers recording, and Liverpool Council has lots of activities planned, but I won't be singing any Beatles songs!
Now I'm retired I like to sing across the water because I enjoy it, and I meet lots of interesting people. And if I make enough money to go home to the missus with fresh fruit and veg for dinner, that's good!
George, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Liverpool Canal Link