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
The Shropshire Union Canal: Emergency Appeal
Part of the Shropshire Union Canal has collapsed and is in need of urgent repair. We've started an appeal to help with the restoration of this much-loved waterway
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Enjoy the stories of people that live, visit or work on our canals and rivers.
Dewi, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
When I first came here four years ago there was snow all across the landscape and it was just beautiful.
Ifan & Taffy, Llangollen Wharf
What I love about my job on the canal is working with the horses. I love animals. This is my second season working at Llangollen Wharf with the horse-drawn boat trips...
Joan, Caen Hill, Devizes
I used to live in America and I had nothing to do with canals before I became a volunteer here. I have a lot of fun along the canal now.
Harry, Bancroft Basin, Stratford
I've been doing this for 25 years. I started doing rope work because I just fancied having a go at doing it for myself.
Muriel & Greta, Stratford River Festival
Muriel and her husband have a boat, that's how she became interested in canals and in the work of the Inland Waterways Association. They go out on their boat as much as they can.
Steve & Izzie, Stratford River Festival
I don't know what inspired us to start our waterways business - I just joke that 'our big mistake was hiring a holiday narrowboat years ago, and since then we've been hooked on canals!'
Helen & David, Stratford Canal
Canals are so evocative, just the sight of a narrowboat... we love it! It's so peaceful, restful and you feel free when you're out here.
Meet Cath and Di – keeping Ellesmere Port ship shape
For the last four decades Cath and Di have dedicated their free time at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port.
Chris, the volunteer lockkeeper, Frankton Locks
We're both happy when we're here! I volunteer at Grindley Brook one day a week and work as a Canal & River Trust part-time lockkeeper at Frankton Locks too.