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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
I've lived aboard my boat for the last eight years and I work as an artist travelling around the canals. When I'm not moving the boat, I split my time between painting and selling my work. I like to paint waterscapes, they've been my best sellers this year. People call my way of life 'living the dream'. I would say, I make my living doing this, and once you decide that you're making a living it can be hard work - but it pays for food and the upkeep of the boat.
I travel in the boat to waterways festivals and events to sell my work. I'm based in the North West and my home water is in Macclesfield, so that's where I usually go in the winter.
I haven't always been a roving trader. I used to run a business in Chester. After that I did a degree in art and drama, and I had a family later. When I first decided to get a narrowboat I moored it at the bottom of my mum's garden and my children had their bedroom on board.
Now, the Art Boat is my home, studio and gallery. I have to store my work safely aboard when I'm on the move, and because I make my own prints I have to find space for the printer as well. That means with the tight space inside a narrowboat I have to try to keep my living area separate so that I can invite people in for a cup of tea!
Jan, touring the canals
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
Arts on the waterways
Read about our programme of Arts on the waterways, funded through Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales.