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.
"I am nearly five and this is my first day at the canal. We are looking for boats! The water is very deep. I think that the water is 100 metres deep and that there are 26 miles of canals in England. Fish and octopuses live in the canals too. I counted so many boats with my sister Charlotte, 23, 24, 25 boats and if people don’t tie up the boats, they float to the edge of the world.
Next time I come I want to go on a canal boat, I think they can go 20 miles fast. I met a man who lives on a boat and he has everything that I have in my house. He has a toilet, a bed, a kitchen, a TV, a fridge with milk and cheese in it and he even has a place for books. He doesn’t have a slide though. I have a slide in my garden.
Then I helped push a lock gate really hard, the boat came in and it filled up really quickly like my bath. The canals are very old, older than my mummy. 2,000 years old I think. I had a great day today at the canal and the best thing about it was the bridges!"
Luke, Marsworth Locks, Grand Union Canal
Read more stories
Each month we head out onto our waterways to meet the people who live, visit or work on our canals and rivers to share their stories with you.