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.
Somehow worries or anxieties just go when you're out in fresh air. I'm walking canal towpaths and working out at the gym because I'm in training to do the Camino, the 500-mile ancient pilgrims’ walk to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. I set off tomorrow so today I've already walked twelve and a half miles to Compton in Wolverhampton from Purton where I live. I stopped for a bacon sarnie though!
"Why are you doing it?" is the big and frankly difficult question you get asked when you decide to do the Camino. My reason is that it's a challenge. I'm not religious but I think I'll get emotional. I retired last June after 14 years in a stressful job working with people with difficult behaviour. I loved my job and it was very rewarding, but that difficult environment left a stain in my mind. Walking canals and training for the Camino is my way of cleansing the mind and ridding myself of that stain, and being outside in the fresh air is definitely good for the spirit.
I like to walk mid-week so it's quiet, and because I don't like walking on roads, I always try to loop onto canals as much as I can. I often stop at Bratch Locks for lunch and then decide how much further and where I will walk. I've probably walked the canals to death in this area, and I still discover things I didn't know were around!
I was just talking to someone a minute ago who comes down here to the canal every day. He says he chats to the fishermen and boaters, and helps out at the locks because he loves the community here. I think the enjoyment of the atmosphere along canals is good for everyone, and it definitely cleanses the mind!
Tony, Compton Bridge, Compton, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal