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.
Muriel and her husband have a boat, that's how she became interested in canals and in the work of the Inland Waterways Association. They go out on their boat as much as they can.
I don't have a boat myself, but I had a boating holiday in the 1970s and I've been interested in canals ever since. Whatever I do in life, I seem to have waterways in them – it's like stepping through the stages of life.
In about 1993, I met someone who was a member of the Inland Waterways Association and that's how I became involved in the IWA.
In 2004, I got involved with the Warwickshire Branch. We do all sorts at our work parties – clearing, planting, painting... A few years ago for example, we cleared up the offside at Hatton so that boaters can walk up the locks without having to cross over each lock to the towpath. The Canal & River Trust support us when we do our big clean-ups, we all work together.
The idea when Stratford River Festival started in 2009 was that it would involve local waterways charities even though it's not a true waterways festival, more a food and drink festival. We had a stall at the Braunston Historic Boat Rally last week and now we're here at Stratford. It can be hard work at times, but we have fun working together!
Muriel & Greta, Stratford River Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon