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 boat is that big wooden narrowboat there, with the cratch cover on it. She's being restored here at the moment.
The boat is called Gort - she's a former Samuel Barlow working boat and is on the National Historic Ships Register. She was painted by Ron Hough, who sadly died last year, and was converted by Tony Newman who was an architect who lived on it at Saul Junction on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.
My parents bought her in 1965. I lived on her for a while, then I sold the boat in 1976 but I had to buy her back again in 1986 because I couldn't bear to be without her!
My family grew up knowing the boat, but I'm not sure they're as impassioned about her as me. I'm the one that spends the money on her! She's got the original Gardner engine, but hardly any of the original wood – it's all been redone. She's travelled around a good deal of the canal network. I've got photos of when she was a working boat, working for Samuel Barlow from 1939 to 1960ish. The boatman's cabin wasn't original because when my parents bought the boat, the cabin had been taken out. I've redone the boatman's cabin, but it's not fitted out with brass yet.
She's being restored by Tommi Nielson here in the Docks at the moment. They're specialists in restoring wooden historic boats."
Innes, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal