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.
"He's a rescue dog and he's come a long way, but it was hard work. We were looking online for a dog and saw Jake. He was from a farm and had been badly treated and left in a shed to starve. He's lovely with ladies and children, but he doesn't like young men and bikes. Jake is about five now, and it still takes a while to settle him because he's a bit scared.
It was so sad when we lost our last collie. We had to have him put down, and you think you can't ever go through that again, it's so awful. So we said we'd do all the things you can't when you have a dog. But we didn't, and at weekends we would just think how nice it would be to have a dog with us.
We usually walk with Jake from Sharpness but don't quite get this far, so we drove here to start from this point today - and we're planning to walk the whole canal in chunks.
Jake is a good boy. He often sits outside on the wall at home and one day somebody who passed by said, "Do you mind if I make a Facebook page for him?" So that's how the 'Chipping Sodbury wall pooch' Facebook page began. He chats to anyone who will chat to him on his Facebook page!"
Phil & Jake, Shepherds Patch, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal