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.
"I just love it here, so much to see, so much to hear. Even though it’s winter, the birds are singing and the ducks are splashing about in the water – and it’s so very different from being anywhere else in this noisy 21st century when there are many more cars than pedestrians!
I come from Yorkshire so I’ve always known about canals. As a little girl, I used to play by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Saltaire because we used to visit a friend of my mother’s who lived in one of the terraced houses there built by Titus Salt for the workers in his mill. And when I was older and met my husband in the 1950s, he was working as an apprentice in the huge mill by the canal and river in Saltaire. I think the mill has now been converted into shops and an art gallery so today you can get in to see the enormous high-ceilinged rooms where all the weaving looms used to be.
I’ve spent a week with some of my family who live on a canal boat, and I’ve been trying to imagine myself living on a narrowboat. It’s a very small space inside the boat, but it’s just so peaceful. Travelling for miles and miles and seeing such glorious countryside, and all at the top speed of four, just four, miles an hour. Blissful!"
Ann, Hyde Lock, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal