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 wouldn't swap my house because when I look out of my window, I look right out onto the water. I live in the house next door to the Swan Pub at Fradley Junction - right on the junction. I hear the bumps when people misjudge how sharp the turn is at the junction! Narrowboat bows bump into the canal sides all the time and we definitely see a lot of repairs!
Our house used to be the old inspector's house many years ago when boats were all drawn by horses. We've got loads of old bits of the original stables. How we originally came to live here was because husband worked for British Waterways. And it was in the family before that, as it was his grandad's. My husband now works for the Canal & River Trust, and he's worked on canals for over 40 years. Canals are just part of our life! This morning he's working at Alrewas Lock on a winter maintenance stoppage. He's not far off retirement so he's seen a lot of changes and how many different people are using the canals these days.
I was brought up in a pub in Alrewas, when it was called the Navigation. I've cooked all my life, and for the last eleven years I've been the cook at Kingfisher Canalside Café & Holiday Park here at Fradley Junction. Jim’s my boss! It's a lovely atmosphere here. Lots of people stay at the park and others come just for lunch or afternoon tea so it gets really busy in summer. People like water, whether it's the sea, a canal or a lake - and when they come here they say it's a 'quaint little place'. To us, it's just what we know!
Gina & Jim, Fradley Junction, Coventry and Trent & Mersey Canals
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Places to visit
We look after hundreds of lovely waterside destinations, perfect for a family day out. Life's better by the water