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 had worked for Mettis Aerospace since I was 16 and had stayed with them for 42 years until, at Christmas, I was forced to leave. The company made blades for Concorde and we supplied Boeing and Airbus. It was never my plan to give up working that early. I'd saved all my life, been careful, and was going to retire when I was 60. Then I had a disc go in my back! I was in so much agony I had to give up working. They told me I might need an operation, but the waiting list on the NHS was so long my daughter said, “it doesn't matter how much it costs, you're going to see a private doctor”. The doctor put me on tablets and I was straight away with the fairies and I'm fine now.
My wife is a nurse and works three nights a week, so I've left her in bed today. In summer we sometimes walk up the Tardebigge flight together and have lunch at the Queens Head pub. Where my wife works, the head nurse said I shouldn't sit around all day now I'm retired because it's good for my back to keep walking the canal. So that's why I'm here today.
I've heard the Canal & River Trust say that it's not very good to feed the ducks with bread, so I don't. I spend about £500 a year on bird food - I buy it in bulk to get it cheaper. Last week I was in Worcester with my wife and daughter and while they went to M&S, I took 5 bags of pellets to feed the swans on the river. They clustered all around me, there must have been hundreds of them! It was amazing.
I like to watch the wildlife and birds here. Do you know the saying that goes, 'you've got to be in the right place, at the right time'? Well, about three weeks ago I walked up the canal as far as the reservoir and saw a great crested grebe on the water with its youngsters - and then I just wandered up as far as the sluice gate and saw a kingfisher! How good is that?
John, by bridge 55, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Great nature watch
Take a trip to your local canal, river, reservoir or lake and record what you see there with our Great Nature Watch app.