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 man the Admiral every Thursday and I've had 63 people come aboard already today - and we're only halfway through the day! The Admiral is a Welcome boat with lots of information on board about the canals and activities - history, children's activities, trails and all sorts of information. It's a fantastic boost for this waterway, offering a place for people to come in and find out more about our wonderful canals.
Local people and people from all across the world come aboard and I met some Americans this morning - I like meeting people. When I retired from work I missed meeting people and I knew I wanted to do something.
After working for a bank for 37 years, I opted to retire early and then went into gardening for nine years setting up my own garden maintenance business. When my body started giving up I thought, 'What am I going to do next?' and that's how I ended up doing this work as a volunteer manning the Admiral and doing other volunteer tasks. I live in Devizes so I'm local and I can cycle to work here which helps keep me fit too.
A huge amount of the work to get this boat set up and running was done by volunteers. And when it was launched it was named in honour of Admiral Sir William O’Brien, a Royal Navy veteran who became a key figure in the restoration of the Kennet & Avon Canal. I think she is a boat to be proud of.
Occasionally we take the boat to other venues for events and festivals along the canal, but the Admiral is moored here most of the time at the top of the Caen Hill Flight by the café at lock 44.
I've never been on a boat holiday but I love being aboard this boat and when it's quiet I love gazing out across the water through the hatch door – it's so beautiful here.
Nigel, Caen Hill Locks, Kennet & Avon Canal