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.
From its inception, the Trust has paid great attention to ensuring that we have the highest standard of governance. Our governance is quite complex because we are a multifaceted organisation delivering multiple objectives for a wide range of stakeholders.
That means we all have to invest time in understanding our governance arrangements and making them work outstandingly well. We have designed a handbook to help everyone appreciate our governance and how to make it work most effectively.
It gives an overview for people who are new to the Trust and a handy reference with cross-referencing for people already contributing to our governance. In the handbook you can find information about the Council, the Board of Trustees, the Welsh Board and the Waterway Partnerships.
The executive team manage the everyday operation of the Trust.
Our trustees are unpaid board directors, taking collective decisions on policy and strategy and providing oversight of the executive directors. We have eleven trustees, and they are legally responsible for overseeing the work towards our charitable objectives.
The Council is made up of up to 40 nominated, co-opted, and elected individuals, including the chairs of 10 regional Waterway Partnerships.
The Council meets twice a year. You can find Council meetings here which contain more information such as a minutes and papers.
Last date edited: 23 November 2016