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.
Give us an Arrrrrrrr! The Pirate Boat has lots of nautical themed toys for little pirates, as well as ice creams, freshly baked cupcakes, and themed teas and coffees arrrrrrrrrr!
I used to be a teacher, and I loved it, but the extra paperwork made me think there must be more to life than this. When I first left university I went off to South Africa for a bit because I love the whole thing about travel and moving about. So when I was getting dissatisfied with teaching, I just thought 'I want to live moving around on a narrowboat' - and I haven’t looked back since!
I just love it. I've lived aboard for two years now. I've had cars on HP, house improvements and I don't want these things any more... I've done all that. Although I do like my mod cons on my boat - so as long as I can shower every day and watch a bit of telly I'm happy.
My dog, Captain Pugwash, was on his own all day when I was a teacher but now he loves life on the canals. This is his happy face! When we're on the move he loves it on the roof in his place, and in winter he loves sitting by the fire watching the flames roaring up the chimney. He’s got his own Facebook page too!
I decided to get a licence to be a trader so I can earn as I travel. Why pirates? Well, I was at a floating market a few years ago and all the boats were selling ropes and canalia stuff for other boaters, and I thought there needs to be something else for the kids. So I set up the Pirate Boat. We sell bags of sweets and lucky bags, and this morning I've already sold one of the pirate fancy dress outfits.
This year I started off from Anderton and I've travelled the Llangollen, done Audlem, Great Haywood, Stoke festival, Fradley Junction, the Grand Union Canal. We traders all have a laugh and quite often travel together - I love the community.
Heidi & Captain Pugwash, Merry Hill, Brierley Hill, Dudley No.1 Canal
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