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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Wildlife thrives along the Montgomery Canal. It is one of the most important canals in the country for nature, much of it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the Welsh section is of international importance, designated a Special Area of Conservation for its aquatic plants.
Mae bywyd gwyllt yn ffynnu ar hyd Camlas Maldwyn. Hon yw un o’r camlesi pwysicaf yn y wlad o ran byd natur, ac mae rhan helaeth ohoni’n Safle o Ddiddordeb Gwyddonol Arbennig, gyda rhan Cymru o bwysigrwydd rhyngwladol ac wedi’i dynodi’n Ardal Cadwraeth Arbennig am ei phlanhigion dyfrol.
19 May 2018
Come along to this years Montgomery Canal Triathlon.
From wide agricultural vistas to rolling hills and valleys, our waterway, rich with history and structural phenomenons passes through some of the most rural counties in England and Wales.
You can book and manage some of your favourite passages directly online.
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.
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.
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.