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 was driving across Europe, Malaysia, the Far East and travelling 35,000 miles a year. Then when I got to the age of 60 I started thinking about the airports as 'just another airport' and I really didn't want it anymore. But I didn't want to stop working and moving.
I was an agronomist giving information to farmers about how to get the best yield from their crops. I retired nearly two years ago, but because I’ve always been interested in canals I went for this job as a volunteer for the Canal & River Trust. I think retirement should just be the continuation of your job, except you just don't get paid for it. If I stopped work I would grind to a halt, so what I needed was something like this to chivvy me into retirement. I'm a volunteer ranger and do three days a week. You're outside in the fresh air, communicating with people, using your head and yet not under pressure from work. I help run the local Canal & River Trust Worcestershire volunteers Facebook page too. We all want to be here, and that's why all the volunteers get on well with each other I think. We've got a volunteer coordinator, but there's no hierarchy - we've got all sorts of people from those who used to work in manual jobs to a retired Major General in the army.
My dog Jess is a volunteer too. She's already famous for coming with me when we helped out with the big clean on the canals. A reporter from the local newspaper who covered the story absolutely fell in love with Jess, and I think she might have nicked her if given half a chance!
The rain has made the water high so the River Severn is closed for boats at the moment and it's pretty quiet today. But we've still been really busy all morning and 12 boats have already passed through this lock. Usually there aren’t accidents or high drama on the canals, everyone is just having a peaceful time, but I'm a bit worried about a boat that headed off from here this morning. It was supposed to only be going as far as the next lock and turning round there to come back. It's still nowhere to be seen and it's been three hours now, so where they’ve got to I just don't know!
As a volunteer it's not really dramatic rescues I'm look for, it's just the job of helping people and keeping an eye on what needs to be done along the canal. I suppose my wife thinks it gets rid of me for few hours every week! For me, being a volunteer ranger has kept me working after retirement - and I don't miss the M25!"
Mike, Hanbury Locks, Droitwich Canal
So many ways to volunteer
On the towpath or in the office, once in a while or every data our volunteers help us in a million different ways.