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've only just arrived here at the Docks, and I've been exploring inside the Mariners' Church. What brought me in was that I spotted on their noticeboard that they're running an Alpha course here, a course about Christian faith. I've tried doing an Alpha course before in Cheltenham, but I didn't finish it.
I've come from Tewkesbury this morning, I like to explore churches wherever I am. I've been in loads of churches all over the country, Sunderland, Newcastle, Worcester.
I'm looking for a job at the moment. And a place to live. I think Gloucester used to be rough, but it looks really smart now. There are these huge warehouses all around the docks and then this little church. The Mariners' Church has been here for over 160 years and it used to be the workers in the Docks and sailors from the big ships that used it!
In the past everyone who worked in the Docks was welcome in the church, people of lots of different nationalities, and it still welcomes everyone because there are a lot of foreign visitors today. There's information inside about its history. I'm interested in the piano inside and they've got interesting stain glass windows too. And look at the mariners' light above this doorway."
Richard, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal