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.
I'm not a rambler any more, I'd call myself an ambler now! I enjoy walking and I shall carry on enjoying my ambles, especially on such a lovely sunny day like today. It may rain tomorrow - they say it's going to - but I shall enjoy my amble today while I can.
There is a new marina being built along the canal near the Crown pub, so I've just walked as far as that today to see how it's coming along. I've passed some very busy ducks, coots and moorhens and seen quite a lot of wildlife along the way. Even though it's very cold, it's nice when you're out ambling.
I live near the canal in the village and I come here as much as I can. Now that the Trust have put a hard surface on this area of towpath it’s much easier for me to amble with my stick. It's a very popular walk along here, and there are lots of people who use it to walk to the canalside pub at the edge of the village. When I was a member of a local rambling group, we used to go along here to the pub for our Christmas meal. And I've watched the local Mummers group dancing on the canalside on New Year’s Day many times.
So I'm just a enjoying a quiet walk today, but I have many, many memories of walking this towpath in the past.
Vera, Alvechurch, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Amble along the towpath
Find a waterside walk near you