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.
"People think about living the dream, but how many actually do it? You have all your dreams and I think you've just got to do it while you can.
I used to be a design and technology teacher. I enjoyed it, but didn't want to turn into an old fossil handing out fading handouts. It was summer and Pam and I thought we needed to take the scary leap, and start an art business. I've got a Fine Art degree in sculpture, but I liked making prints and so we thought, "Can we do this from a boat?"
We both had proper jobs but, to do this business well, we decided to both give our jobs up. Pam does the website, planning and admin, I do the art. We thought if it doesn't work out, "So what, we'll do something else. As long as we don't get into debt."
We’ve managed to buy a mooring where we can live on our boat. At first I worked on my prints, but then I got a tiny kiln and started making little stuff like glass jewellery. All the art was done on the boat, and we thought it wasn't a good idea to have glass powders in the same boat that we lived in, so that's when we got a tiny boat that could become the floating studio.
I'm always trying new things and my glass started getting bigger and bigger. There’s a limit though, to the biggest sheet I can get on the boat! We've got two kilns on the boat now, and it takes between 12-16 hours to fire in the kiln, so it can get horribly hot! I sieve the glass powder to create the colours and the way I work is a process of layers. When I'm working, Pam has to ask before she comes on board in case the boat rocks when I'm using glass powders. It can be quite technical getting the materials right and then the firing temperatures. I like to experiment and the results are always slightly different. Every finished piece is unique. I know exactly what I want to achieve in my head, and it's just a matter of working out how to achieve it.
The business is working well. We're touring all summer and we're going to do Christmas markets in the winter. I'm hoping to do courses as well next year, and perhaps carry on making art on the floating studio for the next ten years or so until we retire."
Kathryn, The Pod Floating Studio, Pelsall, Wyrley & Essington Canal