Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
Winter open days
Our open days offer a different perspective of our waterways, a behind-the-scenes look at the great work we do. A free day out for all the family.
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
Wellbeing with Well-B
Discover how you can recharge when spending time by water
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
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?
Volunteering in partnership
Want to make a real difference to your community? You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year
100% of your donation will be used to make life better by water
Canals are better with Friends
Becoming a Friend by making a monthly donation is one of the most effective ways to support our work
Leave a gift in your Will
Will you leave a gift in your Will to keep the canals and rivers you care about alive?
Give in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Give in celebration
Got a favourite place in mind? Dedicate it in celebration of a loved one today
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Use My Location
We look after 2,000 miles of canals and rivers and there’s no such thing as a standard towpath.
We’ve all got fond memories of our own long and lazy summers where our parents taught us some skills that have never been forgotten. It’s now time to pass these summer skills on to the next generation.
The diverse natural environment of our canals and rivers is one of the reasons they are such special places to canoe. Take to the water and you’ll get right up close to some of the country’s finest and rarest wildlife.
Our canal fishing expert Simon Mottram (aka Motty) shares his hints and tips in this video series to help you improve your skills. Ever wanted to know how to tell how deep the canal is? Motty explains all in this video.
Here at the Canal & River Trust, we’re passionate about caring for the environment. We play our part by making sure that everything we do to care for the nation’s canals leaves as small a carbon footprint as possible. We call this our Green Plan.
There's a whole host of activities to experience at the museum, and with your annual pass you can enjoy them for free. Here's what's on at the moment...
Ever thought of getting to know a city via its canals and rivers? As an alternative to the hustle and bustle of city streets by foot, we recommend canoeing as a fun and exciting way to absorb new sights and sounds from the comfort of the water.
Thelma Edwards is a greeter for the 5,000 visitors who step aboard The Admiral floating visitor centre each year. She relishes her role as storyteller, bringing to life the inspiring tale of the Kennet & Avon Canal.
28 August 2022
Join us for a family-friendly day festival celebrating canals including art and craft, Towpath Quest, Walkabout performance, Opals Comet, music, food boat trips and kayaking.
Although we're a charity, and most charities are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), we do have obligations in respect of all the statutory functions we carry out as part of our duties to care for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England & Wales.