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.
"We show off about these boats because we love them! There's a team of us and we're all volunteers from the Heritage Working Boats Group. This season we've taken them to Foxton, Audlem, Etruria, Stourport and Braunston so far. We show the boats off from Easter to October, and then we take them to a 70-foot shed in winter.
Leo is from the fleet owned by the Canal & River Trust. It's a restored butty boat that was commissioned by Grand Union Carrying Company in 1935, and built by W J Yarwood & Son of Northwich. From the late 1700s up until the 1960s canals were busy with working boats like these. But then boats weren't needed for haulage anymore and they were just left to deteriorate. The Trust searched for grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sponsors and that's how these boats were restored. And we've been looking after them ever since. The upkeep is hard work. We do all the maintenance apart from the engine and the signwriting.
We quite often have to take the boats for filming sessions to be on TV. The producers usually cover up the name though. We sit inside the cabin out of the way while they do the filming. It's surprising how they do the process. There are often half a dozen trucks full of equipment, and incredible amounts of people. I've had to move the boat to almost the precise inch where they want it, and do everything over and over again at least two or three times!
We’ve both been volunteering for years. I used to work for the Post Office, and Mick used to drive lorries for Unigate milk, but since we've been retired, doing this keeps us out of trouble. We take it in turns to take the boats to shows and the group meet up at social events as well. We're probably seen as experts by the public, but we just pick up the history of the boats as we go along. The Trust make sure we're up to date with health and safety because we have families climbing aboard the boat, and we're both qualified skippers for the charity. As volunteers we don't have to be experts, but we're all enthusiastic!"
Gordon & Mick, Pelsall, Cannock Extension Canal