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 was brought up in India but last year my family’s heritage led me to the canals of Britain. My Chicago-born Dad is a doctor and was working at a free medical clinic in India when my mum, originally from Stourbridge, went to University there and they met. I had an amazing childhood; we lived in the equivalent of the Indian outback amongst the mountains in the North; on chilly days like today a pot of tea would be on the boil and we’d drink it constantly – so there are some similarities with the UK! My two elder brothers were born in India but I was actually born in Hawaii before moving when I was three. Because I wasn’t born in India I couldn’t work there, and although I had a wonderful life by the time I turned 19 I was ready to make a change and spread my wings.
I didn’t know what to expect from England, but with my mother being from the Black Country I wanted to retrace my family’s history and the canals are an important part of that. My grandfather worked in a glass-blowing factory along the water and he was very fond of narrow boats. I remember him talking about them and I always wanted to learn more. So when I got my job at the Canal&River Trust it seemed like a perfect fit. It meant a lot to me. Moving to a city was a huge leap from being constantly surrounded by nature and the canals have offered me an escape. It’s not just the canals themselves, but the entirety of the environment the heritage and the places they create for both humans and wildlife. I’m happy every day coming to work here. Making such a big move was scary at times but being close to my own heritage through the canals has helped. Not only are they a place for me to enjoy but the canal network has always acted as a connector across the country. Now they’re helping me connect to my past and I feel like I’ve come full circle."
Pearl, fundraising manager Canal & River Trust, Cambrian Wharf
Keep our ducks healthy
Thanks to you, ducks up and down the country have thinner waistlines and cleaner homes, but there is still more that can be done. Find out what healthy treats they like and how to better use your loaf.