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.
Planning your visit
History & heritage
Things to do & see
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Three Mills Lane, London, E3 3DU
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Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
For customers of the local pub/café
Surround yourself in East London's gritty history and enjoy some lovely views when you take a trip to Three Mills. You may even catch one of the many events and performances that take place throughout the year at Three Mills Island.
On the banks of the River Lee, as it breaks up into the myrad of channels called the Bow Back Rivers, the original mills would have milled corn and gunpowder, among many other products. The two replacement mills you can see today, milled grain for the gin distilling industry.
But by far the biggest monument in the area is the amazing legacy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Walk the whole area and really explore how, together with local communities, lottery funding and other agencies, the Canal & River Trust is making life better by water.
All part of the plan
Read our full plan for bringing life back to Bow with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Book your boat passage
Find out more about how to take your boat on the waterways around the Olympic Park and Three Mills
Pack a picnic and check out the sculptures and play area in Three Mills Green
Even in East London you'll find wildlife galore: swans, kingfishers and bats. Take a free copy of our nature spotters guide with you and get spotting
By car - there's a public pay & display car park at Tesco
By tube - Bromley-by-Bow is your nearest tube station - just a few minutes to the towpath
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit