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.
"I'm used to carrying shopping bags down the towpath, but it can get muddy in winter. I've lived here in the old lock keeper's cottage since 1993. I love living here. We tried to buy it twice before we eventually managed to get it. We had a narrowboat at that point and were already interested in canals, so when we saw an advert in a waterways magazine we just had to go for it. We've still got a boat, although we don't get out and about on it as much these days. I work full time, so when I retire I may do more travelling on the canals.
I don't think I will ever leave our life in the lock cottage though. We moved here when my son was two and my daughter was born here, so we've seen the family grow up by this lock. When he was little my son fell in the water a few times as he was playing, but he was ok! I didn't worry too much about having young children living by a lock because I don't think a lock is as dangerous as a road. They really got to know the canals as part of their life, even spending their holidays on the narrowboat too. And, now that they’re grown up, the kids still enjoy boating. My son often goes off on our boat for weekends away with his friends.
Not much has changed about the cottage in the time since we've lived in it. As a lock cottage it has lots of heritage and is protected by the Canal & River Trust. So if we want to make any changes we have to get their permission first. I think the people who lived here in the 1870s saw some of the last big alterations. Pat Warner, the lock keeper's daughter who lived here in the 1920s to 30s, wrote a book called 'Lock Keeper's Daughter'. It was written as an autobiography telling the story of the lock cottage and her family's struggles. Her father, the lock keeper, was poor and suffered hard times. His wife and most of his children all died here, but Pat lived on to write the story. She came down to the cottage one day with her son and stood outside. She just stood there. She wouldn't come in, I don't know why."
Nina, Reservoir Lock Cottage, Tardebigge Flight.
Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Discover more about canal heritage, why we are proud to be the guardian of historic canals and why Britain's waterways are so important.
Walking around Tardebigge
Enjoy a relaxing waterside walk from Tardebigge to Stoke Prior