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.
"We weren't allowed to do it, but my mum didn't mind, it was what kids did in those days. And that's why canals have been in my life ever since I was a kid. When I was little, canals were still places for working boats and people weren't allowed to go near them. Horses were even still towing some of the boats, so people would be in their way on the towpaths and that's why it wasn't a place for the public to visit. But as kids we went down to the canal anyway. The boats that went through the locks where I lived were working boats carrying mostly coal and I helped opening the locks for them.
I got my own boat in the 60s, a narrowboat called Tay, and started travelling the canals. The canals have been through times when nobody wanted them, and there have been lots of struggles to save our waterways. Since Tay, I haven't always had a boat. Temporarily, I couldn't afford to keep a boat when I got a wife, but luckily she's interested in canals too!
I'm off to Tipton today for a rally. Lots of boats will be gathering to fill the basin and we’re going behind the scenes to see inside the Canal & River Trust Bradley Workshops where they make lock gates! Why don't you come too?"
Tony, NB Trent 5, Gas Street Basin.
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Thinking about boating?
Our canals and rivers are home to over 35,000 boats from live-aboard boaters, leisure boaters, holiday makers and traders, boats are what makes our waterways so special.