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 call her Chicken because she's got legs like chicken thighs, though Bonnie is her real name. It's a good life for a dog. We've lived on a narrowboat for five years now. It's so laid back with such a sense of freedom. On the canals life is slow and you know that everything is going to be just how it's going to be, whether it's for bad or good, so there's no point in worrying. You can't be stressed with this way of life.
Chicken is a good guard dog, protecting what's hers. She likes to spend most of her day standing on the roof of her boat, and when other dogs go past she runs up and down barking at them. She never bothers jumping off onto the towpath, but once or twice she's spotted something really interesting on the other side of the canal and dived into the water swimming as fast as she can!
I take Chicken out every day on the lead, but it takes me ages to go for a walk, I end up most of my time going backwards because she keeps pulling to stop and sniff. She is definitely tenacious! If I pull her away from whatever she's sniffing, she hates me! People say Jack Russells can be difficult and some dogs such as Labradors suit boat life better than terriers. But I think it's not what breed of dog you have, it's how you treat them that matters. Chicken is the perfect dog for a boat because she doesn't take up much room inside, even though she does insist on lying sideways across the narrowboat floor making us step over her! One day we’d like to have a cat on the boat as well, but Chicken is not a fan."
Lee & Bonnie, Lower Foxhangers, Kennet & Avon Canal
Go for a walk
Walking is one if the nicest ways to explore our beautiful canals and rivers.