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.
Meet Michael, Elizabeth & Owen
It's an amazing view from here. We're loving the peace and quiet and enjoying our picnic with no traffic rushing back and forwards.
Chris, Lyneal Trust
As a family, when my daughters were in their teens, we had a lot of canal holidays, and that's when I fell in love with canals.
Nigel, Caen Hill Locks
I man the Admiral every Thursday and I've had 63 people come aboard already today - and we're only halfway through the day!
Adrian, Maz & crew
The last time we were here on the Montgomery Canal was over 50 years ago. For me, the canals just unwind me completely. I'm very, very busy when I'm at home, and being here on a hireboat holiday is completely relaxing really.
Don & Donald, Dundas Aqueduct
Cyclists (The lycra debate!) People talk about middle-aged and old men in lycra! Hah, I do wear lycra – but not because it's flashy...
Susan & Sarah, Droitwich Spa
A lot of people get a lot of pleasure out of our canal. We've had lots of visitors to our stall today. Canal festivals in Droitwich work really well because the people of Droitwich usually like to get involved, and support the canal events.
Sally, Lola & Boris, Droitwich Canal
This is Lola and Boris. Obviously, he's called Boris because of his hair! I live in Kidderminster and I've come to the St Richard's Canal Festival to enter Lola and Boris in the festival's dog show today.
Graham, Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club
I've always been interested in model boats and building them. I've got a Clyde puffer, a large Thames Sailing Barge and a few others!
Nick, Droitwich Canal
I gave five years of my life to this canal, and it’s a huge sense of achievement that's deeply personal. I do feel very proud, and I get emotional talking about it.