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.
The Canal & River Trust leased the café to my Dad originally, eleven years ago. In all that time we've seen the canals getting more and more popular and that's good for our trade - our café is definitely busier now than when my dad first started the business.
A few of the local boaters come up here for their breakfast every day, and then throughout the daytime I get to meet all sorts of people from passing boats, walkers, cyclists and lots of families on days out. Of course the most popular thing they all want is one of our specialised locally made ice creams! I love our ice cream myself, but I try not to eat too much of it!
This part of the Grand Union Canal is lovely, and the history of Foxton Locks adds something extra to the experience for our customers. The building that our café is housed in was once the old lockkeeper's cottage. We've got a life-sized model here of John Cryer, the old lockkeeper. It can be amusing to watch him because he quite often surprises a lot of my customers when they realise he's not a real living person!
It's nearly five o'clock and I'll be closing soon. After my ten years here I can definitely say this really is a nice place to work - but at the end of the day I'm always ready to get home for the kids!
Kelly, Foxton Top Lock, Grand Union Canal Leicester Section
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Visit Foxton Locks
Have a wonderful family day out at this scenic and historic waterways destination