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 think we're possibly the only floating estate agency in the UK! The owner of the business thought it would be quite memorable to have our premises not just by the canal, but actually on the water, so they decided get a boat! It was a successful decision because Parker Hall Estate Agents has been running for seven years now, and people tell us they think our 57-foot narrowboat at Barton Marina is quite a quirky head office!
People come aboard and they bring their kids so they can feed the ducks out of the window - so it works very well with families looking to move home. It's a small space, but we have everything we need. When we first started, we were only on mobile internet, but now we've got a landline and Wi-Fi to the boat so everything functions really well.
It's a lovely place to come to work every day. We've got a great view out of our side hatch. The swans know we keep food on board for them so they tap on the side of the boat until we feed them! When they have their babies and bring their little grey bundles of fluff over to the boat it's so lovely! We don't give them bread because that's like junk food to swans – today they're getting healthy spinach. What they don't eat, the fish can have.
The wildlife do all sorts of funny things all the time. We had a moorhen walked all the way around the boat on the gunwale one day. And once we had a mallard who laid her eggs in the plant pot in the bow of the boat. We even had some of the ducklings come down the steps actually inside the boat and we had to scoop them up to get them out again!
I think we can definitely say it's better working on a boat than in a city office - and there's never a traffic jam here either!
Kathryn & Samantha, Barton Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, Trent & Mersey Canal
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