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.
People come to our new café boat from all across the world and from around the corner! We've only just launched our business on the canal by the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales and it's definitely looking like it's a success so far! This stretch of the Llangollen Canal is a World Heritage Site so we're in a prime spot for customers for the café boat - visitors come for a day out at the canal and there's always time for a cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake or Victoria Sponge!
We're so busy we don't have time to think about advertising!
We make all our own food from fresh ingredients and our homemade cakes are a real sell-out! To be honest we once we had to buy a cake in, so we felt we had to put a sign on it saying it wasn't homemade - but once people saw the sign, they didn't want it!
We traded in Lymm for three years before we launched here in Trevor Basin. Business was a bit slow there and Dave had been considering going back to his old job. He'd been an engineer in the same place for 36 years and he just really didn’t want to go back to that. I saw an advert in Towpath Trader to tender for this site and I said to him do you fancy going and working up at the aqueduct - and that was it!
It's a beautiful spot here, it's so tranquil, it really is. It's very hard work, and we don't expect it to make us super-rich, but we've got the right location, and the canals are getting more attractive because of how they are being looked after, so that's all good for our business. It's going so well we're hoping we'll be employing extra hands soon!
Mandi & Dave, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Trevor Basin, Llangollen Canal
Picture perfect 'Ponty'
A walk across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a real high point for any day out. Plan your visit to 'Ponty' now
Discover a Hidden world
There are lots of exciting things happening closer than you think, discover a hidden world near you.