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.
"Caen Hill lock flight is a big challenge! We're not in a rush, but from the start of the day we just want to get up and get going when there are so many locks to get through in one go. I like to keep focused and work the locks in my own way, but sometimes we bump into people who haven't had much experience of boating and they can slow us down if they take more time to get through the whole flight.
Long flights like this have to be hard work, but luckily it's not too bad today because lots of other boats are coming up and they leave all the locks in our favour. And we're travelling downhill, which is quicker than going uphill since you have to be more careful going up. If you open the paddles too quickly when you're going up in a lock, the force of the water can flood your boat.
We called our boat 'Just Joe' because that's our son's name. The boat's 10 years old now, so we've just had it repainted and it's looking good at the moment. We're on a two-week holiday. We set off from Long Eaton last Saturday, and travelled southwards then all the way down the Oxford Canal, the River Thames and onto the Kennet & Avon at Reading. It's been really nice!"
Rachel, Nick & Joe, Caen Hill Lock Flight, Devizes, Kennet & Avon Canal