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.
Oh yes, I've had my turn on the sledge as well... of course!
We've been sledging down a hill which is just a couple of fields further along the canalside from here. We're on our way back home now because I think we're ready to eat something. It may be absolutely freezing weather, but we haven't felt cold because all this sledging is like doing a good workout. Yesterday we spent about three hours going up and down that hill.
We live locally, and we use the canal towpaths for exercise all year round. In the summer we cycle along the canal, and I run quite a lot along towpath here too. I like to come here a lot because it's away from the traffic.
Our local canal towpath is quite popular with joggers. I've noticed that some people have headphones on when they run, listening to music or whatever, but I prefer to just hear the peace and quiet. I like the silence.
It doesn't seem to matter if it's sunny or snowing, we use the canals whatever the weather... there's all the wildlife and it's just beautiful.
Lorraine, Bradford on Avon, Kennet & Avon Canal
Discover your local canal
A happier, healthier life is closer than you think. Discover your local canal today
Explore Bradford on Avon
The wharf at Bradford-on-Avon Wharf was the busiest on the Kennet & Avon Canal during the 1850s. Today, it's a great place to spot historic canal features