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.
"We love being by the water!"
Jeremy and Caroline
We live in London but we're here by the River Severn because my son got married here in the summer and my daughter-in-law's family live in Worcester. It was her 30th birthday yesterday so we're here for a birthday celebration!
We're staying a couple of nights at the Diglis Hotel right on the waterside. The wedding was there too, it was a great day so it's nice to come back! We've got some very good wedding photographs with the water in the background. The river’s looking quite high today, but we're on the top floor of the hotel so if it floods I think we will be ok!
At the moment we're just out for a walk along the river. We've always liked being near water. We've been on a canal boat holiday a few times. Just a minute ago we saw the signpost for the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and we were just wondering how long it would take you to do those 58 locks to Birmingham in a boat from here! We've done Banbury to Warwick, climbing the Hatton Flight with its 21 locks. I think it took us about four hours and we had a lot of help with a big crew too to work in relays.
Our walk is less energetic than that today. We're just planning a short circular route, crossing the river on the Millennium Bridge and then walking back along the river on the other side. We love being by the water!
Jeremy & Caroline, Worcester, River Severn/Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Enjoy a waterside walk
Walking by our canals and rivers is the perfect way to unwind
What's happening near you?
Find walking routes, exciting events, opportunities to get involved and updates on our work in your area