Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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.
The boat's named after me. No, it really is! The name's Bond... Neville Bond. It's an ex-hire boat and I changed the boat's name to mine. I bought it last year when my wife and I split our money after we got divorced.
My first thought was, of course, to cruise off to Llangollen! I'm from Cornwall originally but I’ve got five kids and my family has extended to Aberystwyth in Wales. On route to Llangollen I moored by that fabulous pub in Chirk, the Poachers, where my mother and sister came from Cornwall to join me for the next bit of the journey. Family from Aberystwyth came too and we all travelled across Chirk Aqueduct together. It was really windy, so it was quite exciting and we had an absolutely fantastic day!
Then they all left and I carried on my journey. Living alone on water did put me through a spell of feeling really down. It was November, the leaves were falling, and the canals were quiet. I was getting lonely, and in the end I thought "I'll sell the boat, I can't do this". So I rang Venetian Marina brokerage who said they'd sell it for me. But then, after I turned round to set off towards the brokerage, I was cruising along and thought, "No, I do like this, I really do like this!"
I booked into Overwater Marina at Audlem to moor for a while because it has wonderful facilities and company if I wanted it. Heading down Audlem locks, it was absolutely pouring with rain, then on the last lock the sun came out – I pulled into the marina and everything was lovely.
I'm back on the move again now summer’s coming. I keep in touch with a big community of boaters on Facebook and we share tips about boat maintenance which is really helpful. It's hard to be lonely on the canals because there’s such a friendly community and lots of passers-by. People ask where the sheep on the bow of my boat comes from – he's from the beer garden of a pub my ex-wife and I ran. We ran lots of different pubs so I guess I'm used to being sociable and that's why I quite like to chat to passers-by. I always get smiles from people who see the name on my boat, and they usually ask if it's true!
Neville, Nantwich, Shropshire Union Canal