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 only got about three hours sleep last night! I manage around 238 boats moored in the marina here, and I'm a farmer's wife too! This morning I started work at 4.00am because we're lambing 1,000 sheep and I raise all the young stock. So after my day's work in the marina, I'm going back to the farm to mark all the sheep that have lambed today, inject them all and feed them. Lambing is a really busy time... my house is completely out of control! My mum is great and she usually helps out at home in the kitchen when it's lambing time, but she's in Japan at the moment so I'm quite missing her! As well as the lambs we milk 150 cows and finish 600 fat cattle. It's hard work, but we survive and I’ve been doing it ok for 28 years.
Both my sons are grown up and work away from home now. One of them helps out after work when we're lambing, but the other one went to New Zealand for a while. He was due to come back home next week to help with the lambing, but he got a job on a 40,000 acre farm in Australia and he's staying there a few months. He says after that he wants to go back to Australia again to do combining but I'm hoping he'll be back home for Christmas. I don't even want to think about, 'what if he decided to stay in Australia?'
I'm not a boater, but I've learned a lot about the boating community through my time at the marina. I've worked here since the marina first opened and it was empty. By talking to boaters I've got to know which people want to be quiet and solitary and which prefer to be close together to enjoy the community and amenities here.
I've always had a job and a life outside the farm because I think it's important. My husband and I work together while we're lambing because we have to, but after a month we're quite ready to get away from each other! It's a great way of life and it's different being a farmer's wife to looking after all the moorings in the marina. The two jobs fit well, and I'm always outside which suits me. The marina is owned by a farming family too, so it really does help all round that I understand both the life of a marina and a farm."
Sarah, Droitwich Marina, Droitwich Canal
Meet more Humans of the Waterways
Discover the real life stories of the people we meet along the waterways of England and Wales.
Family Days Out
We’re proud to have hundreds of wonderful waterside places to visit where lasting memories are made.