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.
My name is Helen Rawling, I am project manager at Discovering Britain and a big fan of our canal network. I’ve lived in East London for the last ten years and for me the towpaths are a godsend, whether for a peaceful jog or a place to take a very active toddler for an explore. There is always something fun to spot on the canal.
Telling the Canal & River Trust that Britain’s canals are great is preaching to the converted! Whether you live or commute, work or volunteer, exercise or play on them, you know that they are pockets of inspiration in our everyday lives. But the real beauty of these waterways is that there is always more to discover.
Discovering Britain has been created by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to help people explore the stories behind Britain’s rich and varied landscapes. We create walks, short trails and viewpoint activities to bring different landscapes to life by uncovering the stories within them. All 200+ of these resources are free to download from our website so you can simply get outside and discover what’s on your doorstep or further afield.
A number of Discovering Britain's walks are currently available via the Trust's walking pages.
Many more of our activities are situated along Trust waterways or within a 5 minute walk, so if you are in the area why not give them a try? Find out how shopping, sports and arts are being used to regenerate the area around the Olympic Park in London or discover a subterranean world under the streets of Nottingham.
Helen, Hertford Union Canal
Find other local stories
Use our new 'Local to You' tool to discover more stories, events, news and places to visit that are near you
Go for a walk
Nothing beats a waterside walk. Find a walking route near you and blow away the cobwebs