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 volunteered for the Trust in 2012, surveying the Llangollen Canal World Heritage site and discovered a passion for canal heritage. Working my way up from being a humble ‘dirt’ archaeologist in the field, to a specialist adviser in an organisation like the Trust, which has the one of the largest portfolios of designated heritage assets in the UK is quite a feat.
Our role as heritage advisers, is not to preserve the canal networks in aspic; we recognise that it’s the accessibility of the canals which makes them special and enjoyable places for people.
I’m a great believer in the concept that people only place value in heritage that they find relevant. The canals provide a historic backbone to many communities – a reminder of why places developed and how they developed over time.
Heritage has a crucial role in forging our future – it plays a part in many aspects of our lives, the places we live in and visit, often without us knowing it.
As part of the Trust’s Heritage team, my day-job allows me to time travel and imagine how places once looked and what they could look like in the future; how the canal and waterways can bring a new lease of life to communities along their length. Sometimes I’ve got to use a lot of imagination and be optimistic, as many sites look beyond help. However, from experience, I know we’ve got to take the ‘long view’.
I get asked to research some places that have long been lost and discover what made them great in the first place; the ingenuity and human endeavour which created them and, the fun part, what they could become in the future. It’s a cross between super-sleuthing and Indiana Jones, finding out about a site which is covered in jungle sized-buddleia!
I see my job as protecting those special features, places and landscapes that are valuable and have contributed to our history. We need to balance the pressure for change, which events like the flooding and development inevitably bring.
We certainly don’t whip in and treasure hunt though – it’s a much more lengthy and detailed process."
Ruth Garratt, Heritage Advisor
Discover more about Canal Heritage, why we are proud to be the guardian of historic canals and why Britain's waterways are so Important.
I’m 82 years old. I’ve been a fender-maker for 40 years and the reason I started is very simple; we needed a fender.