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.
It's an amazing view from here. We're loving the peace and quiet and enjoying our picnic with no traffic rushing back and forwards.
We've been watching the swans and their cygnets dipping in and out of the water behind us. The little ones have been learning how to jump from the dipping platform into the water – we’ve been holding our breath wondering if they were going to make it... but they have!
We've just moved to this area and we've been enjoying exploring all around Wiltshire and the Kennet & Avon Canal. We don't go boating on the canals but I've always been interested in boats. I like watching boats going through the locks, and it's interesting that these locks are very different from the locks I've seen on the Thames. The Thames Locks are electric, but on this narrow canal they look like a lot more hard work to me!
This is our third visit, it's smashing here. Our son lives nearby so Owen, one of our grandchildren, is with us today and we thought we'd try feeding the fish with some of the special food in this jar. We always carry fish food round with us in the car for days out like this. We don't want to catch the fish, we just like looking at them - I'd rather just leave them as they are. I can't identify everything, but I know roach and rudd, and my son recently taught me how to spot dace. It's amazing when you see a fish swimming in the water, they can be absolutely huge sometimes! We're quite excited about what fish we're going to spot today.
Michael, Elizabeth & Owen, Caen Hill Locks, Kennet & Avon Canal