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.
Canals are so evocative, just the sight of a narrowboat... we love it! It's so peaceful, restful and you feel free when you're out here. The countryside is so beautiful and we've been lucky with the weather this week.
We like to take friends out for the day in the boat as much as we can - and will do so as long as we can until we're too old to do so! We've downsized our house so we can have the boat as well. The boat was built several years ago by New Boat Co at their factory in Gdansk. We got advice from friends about the best interior design for sociable space and that's how we ended up with one large space inside - it works really well!
Now our children are grown up, they're all over the country and I'm Granny several times over. We go out in the boat a lot in the summer. I've grown all the geraniums from plugs, and we had to fly Welsh flags - my family are all Welsh and we live in Monmouth. David worked in Wales too. He used to be the rector in Bracknell, and is retired now... but did three services this week and still does a couple of weeks a year as a chaplain in Westminster!
Our boat is named after our dog... she was from greyhound rescue and was neither grey nor black but something in between, a dusky colour. We loved her, and had her for about seven years before she sadly died. One day I was by a lock and said I do miss Dusky... so as a play on 'Dusky missed', we decided to name our boat 'Dusky Mist'. We've still got her lead in the boat...
Helen & David, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Canal