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.
"When I think about the canal here in Alvechurch, it's nice to know that the navvies built all this, and then they built the railway, and then of course the motorway arrived."
The canal is a big part of Alvechurch village I think. I came from London to live in the village when I was eleven and I've been here 62 years now. I remember how I used to fish the canal, and I still know places today where there are big carp!
When I think about the canal here in Alvechurch, it's nice to know that the navvies built all this, and then they built the railway, and then of course the motorway arrived. It's a place all about commuting. When I first came here it had steam trains and we could hear the banker trains on the Lickey incline - which is the steepest main-line railway incline in Britain!
I've sailed across the sea and love boats, but my wife Patricia is less keen on boating so we enjoy walking together. We do a lot of social walking. We've been walking the South West Coastal Path for the last 25 years - we've done about 450 out of the 600 miles. We used to do long sections but now we do little sections over a couple of weekends a year. Coastal scenery is wonderful, but I love this part of the world in North Worcestershire.
It's very beautiful and not over used and abused when you think that we’re only around 12 miles south of Birmingham here. Alvechurch is such a community, even the new marina behind us is being built by a local – he’s a farmer whose mum was a teacher in the village.
This morning we've walked a circular route from bridge 61, up the hill, then down the road and back along the towpath. We've got various different routes we do and we love it on days like this when the sun is shining.
Michael & Patricia, Withybed, Alvechurch, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Enjoy views of the water and the benefits of fresh air - whatever the weather