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.
A lot of people get a lot of pleasure out of our canal. We've had lots of visitors to our stall today. Canal festivals in Droitwich work really well because the people of Droitwich usually like to get involved, and support the canal events.
Although I'm not a volunteer, I'll call myself an accessory volunteer today! We're manning this stall to help spread the word about our local canal and the Droitwich Waterways Trust, which manages the Pamela May charity trip boat that our husbands crew. Our husbands are both skippers on the boat, so we get roped into all sorts of events! We're all local people from Droitwich and meeting up here today is a good excuse to enjoy a day by the canal chatting to everybody.
Our husbands love being part of the team for the Pamela May. All the volunteer skippers do a three year course and are awarded their Certificate of Boat Management (COBM) by the Inland Waterways Association, and the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) boat handling certificate which makes sure that the crew are capable of keeping passengers safe and comfortable.
We think it's important that everyone can enjoy the canals equally, so our trip boat, the Pamela May, is specially designed to be accessible for disabled people and small groups of disadvantaged adults and children. She's fitted with a lift and toilet facilities with wheelchair access. A lot of the Droitwich Canal towpath has good access for disabled people too.
The reed beds and wildlife we see along this canal are amazing. The Canal & River Trust ecologist says he's heard five cuckoos here and we've seen kingfishers, reed warblers and all sorts of birds. Local people love the richness of nature on our canal.
Susan & Sarah, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich Canal