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.
"When people watch me making a fender they say I make it look easy, but it's not a simple skill - I have to really concentrate over the pattern of the work. When I'm doing a demonstration, because I'm working in front of people, and with all the distractions, I can sometimes get it wrong!
I've been making fenders for around six years. I work from my boat, and I live aboard as well. Some of my customers come from my website, but because I travel up and down the canal I can sell my work to people who just see me hand making my fenders on the decks of my boat. I'm trading on the water, cruising the canals in the traditional way, promoting waterways crafts and keeping this specialised skill alive on the modern day canal system. Sometimes I do demonstrations to pass on the traditional skills and I might do more teaching in the future to earn extra income.
Today's a special day for me because it's nine years today since I bought my boat! My family are from Hebden Bridge, but surprisingly I haven't taken the Fender Boat along the canal there to see them yet! So it might be time I cruised the Rochdale Canal. I plan to carry on trading on the water with my traditional craft skills - I enjoy my work and the community life on the canals too. People can of course easily buy cheaper plastic fenders, but I don't think they compare to traditional handmade narrowboat fenders!"
Kennet & Avon Canal