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 enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
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
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.
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
Feared and revered in equal measure since the early days of canal boating, our most well known lock flights have now become leisure destinations in their own right - and a valued part of British canal heritage.
If you're a regular boater or visitor to Marple locks and aqueduct you'll know that it has been out of action one way or another since September 2017. So what exactly were the engineers doing? And why is it so important to the local community?
We're working together with Sport England to help understand and reduce the number of inactive people over the age of 55 living in Cheshire.
As you may be aware, back in 2015 the Macclesfield Canal was the first canal ever to be awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award for its entire 26 mile stretch, from Marple, through Higher Poynton to Kidsgrove.
Maintaining canal and river navigations for use by boats is at the core of what the Trust does. We want to ensure that our managers’ decisions are well informed by those who navigate the waterways regularly.
In the summer holidays of 2017, our North West team ran a roadshow to promote the various wellbeing activities people can do on or by the water. This year's event dates are online now. Anyone for a free ice lolly?
Part of the Shropshire Union Canal has collapsed and needs urgent repair. We've started an appeal to help with the restoration of this much-loved waterway.
During April 2015, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Canal & River Trust and Nexus Archaeology ran a community archaeology project at Maesbury Marsh near Oswestry. The work provided a means of promoting the wider Montgomery Canal restoration and offered local people the chance to find and understand more about the village and its connections with the canal.
Chris Chambers, a lock keeper from the North Wales & Borders waterway team, gives us a small insight into the men and women who worked at Ellesmere Yard as they answered the call to arms in 1914.
This article should perhaps really be headed 'My favourite canal'. There are so many pegs along the Llangollen Canal that are simply stunning places to spend time, that it would be unfair to name just one of them.