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.
"We love it here. We're not tourists, we're only locals, relaxing for the day. We live quite close by and we've just come down for a walk. It's nice to come out here - we come a lot.
We've lived in Gloucester since 1970 when we moved up from Portsmouth, so we've seen all the changes to the Docks as they've happened. A lot of planning has been put into doing Gloucester Docks up, and we think all the changes have made it different around here, but there's a good atmosphere.
I've got a lot of memories here because I used to work in the building over there that overlooks this basin. They're doing some work to it now to convert it into new cafés and restaurants. We're looking forward to eating out and spending some time there when it's finished – I think it will be really nice.
We both remember when Robert Opie used to have a museum in the warehouse behind us, Albert Warehouse – it was lovely, full to the brim with Victorian advertising and packaging with thousands of tins and signs, it had real atmosphere.
We've been in the Waterways Museum here, but that was quite a long time ago, so it's time to visit it again because there have been changes in there too.
We know quite a lot of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. We've walked all around Sharpness harbour and watched the tide come in – it's wonderful."
Mr & Mrs W, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal