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.
What I love about my job on the canal is working with the horses. I love animals. This is my second season working at Llangollen Wharf with the horse-drawn boat trips.
It was my first job straight from school - I started last year just after my 16th birthday.
I've always wanted to work outside and be with animals so it's pretty good that my job is to be out on the canal towpath with the horse boat. The worst job in the world for me would be to have an office job. I hate office work!
The horse boat sets off from Llangollen Wharf and takes passengers on a trip towards the end of the Llangollen Canal. It's a beautiful route. We make sure the horses don't work too hard and they have two fields to relax in on the days they aren't working. We have a rota to bring different horses down to the stables in the Wharf. Today I'm with Taff.
He's really easy to work with and, probably because he's the biggest, he's very popular with the kids who come on the boat trips. Oddly the other horses probably think he's the grumpiest because he likes to keep all of them in order when they are off duty out in the fields!
People say we can't have favourites, but there is one horse in the group called Hercules who is my favourite, definitely. He reminds me of my old horse – they look the same and his personality is the same too. I think it was because I'd had experience with horses for quite a long time when I was younger that I was lucky enough to be able to get this job.
Ifan & Taffy, Llangollen Wharf, Llangollen Canal
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