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.
"Mum and I have come for a day out, it's been lovely!
We went to Avebury first this morning where I've been dressed up in Victorian clothes, then Georgian clothes and I even climbed into bed in a nightgown in the manor house! Now we're walking this canal in the time of the Industrial Revolution, so who says time travel is dead!
Mum saw Caen Hill on the television, so we thought we'd come and see it. We started near the top, at the tea shop of course, before we walked the flight. We've taken some wonderful photographs looking up from the bottom at all the locks. We saw a canal lock when we were in Scotland on the Caledonian Canal, but it's different to the Caen Hill locks. The Caledonian is busier with big, big boats and locks that take such a long time that everyone makes firm friends by the time a boat gets through. We were just talking to one of the boat crews on the Caen Hill and they said it was going to take them about four hours to work through the whole flight. I think it looks like really hard work, so they must want to do it for the experience!
Mum and I have been having a lovely day watching the boats go through the locks and in our heads we've been trying to work out the logistics of how many times the crew have to walk up and down, and up and down, to work the locks. It's fascinating to think that in the Industrial Revolution boats would have to get through these locks as quickly as they could because time was money!
It's stunningly beautiful here! And it's not just the canal, it's the amazing views as well."
Tracy and Linda, Caen Hill Lock Flight, Devizes, Kennet & Avon Canal