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've been running 'Café Afloat' for about seven years now and it's doing well. I used to live on that boat before I started running the café onboard.
It was my brother who came up with the idea of running 'Café Afloat' with me. Once we'd decided to go ahead and start the business together, he bought that first boat off me so we could turn it into the café - and I bought this new boat to live on and moor alongside.
We opened 'Café Afloat' in 2010, and it's been part of my life on the water ever since. We were really busy yesterday, but on Saturday it rained so that wasn't such a good day for customers. Sunshine definitely helps business!
We don't open the café on Mondays or Tuesdays so I'm catching up on some painting jobs today. I'm not a roses and castles type of person, so I'm going to keep the colours simple.
I've been based here in Diglis Basin in Worcester ever since I've been living on a boat. I'm from the Black Country originally. I go back there regularly because my parents are elderly and I go to visit them. Not in the boat though, it would take too long! My son decided to follow me down here five years ago but my daughter still lives in Halesowen where I come from.
Originally I was a youth and community worker, and then I worked for the trade union movement. I always wanted to be on the water more, but my work meant I'd be on dry land at eight o'clock every morning.
It was after I got divorced that I decided to live on a boat. Luckily I found the right boat at the right time. I wouldn't go back to living on land now."
Jacqui, Café Afloat, Diglis Basin, Worcester, Worcester & Birmingham Canal