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.
"We've been married 54 years! The secret to our success is that I'm a very patient man. No, I'm just joking! We get out every day walking and we always say to ourselves, “Aren't we lucky to have all this?” It's so peaceful and quiet here.
I retired when I was 60 and I'm nearly 78 now. Everyone says how well I look, and it's being out and about in the fresh air that does it really. We walked the other half of this lock flight last week. When you can come out on the canal there isn't anything any better than that. I think it's sad when I see people on the TV who win lots of money and they say they will spend it in Vegas or something. I'm in the right place, so even if I won the lottery I wouldn't change where I'm living.
My wife is a workaholic and worked up until eight weeks ago. She just enjoyed going to work so much she didn't want to leave. Her job was in Morrison’s on the deli, in Rubery. The shifts were four days a week and I used to have her dinner on the table ready for her when she got home.
She gave her job up to spend more time with me. And now that we're both retired, to keep well and happy we get out and walk every day. I think we have our feet well planted on the ground and appreciate what is around."
Tony & Kath, Lock 35, Tardebigge Flight, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Family Days Out
We’re proud to have hundreds of wonderful waterside places to visit where lasting memories are made.
Walking for health
Walking is one of the most natural and effective forms of exercise. Take a look at the range of benefits you can enjoy from taking a walk along your local canal or river.