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.
The Canal & River Trust is a charity set up in 2012 to care for England and Wales’ 200-year-old waterways, holding them in trust for the nation forever. It has responsibility for 2,000 miles of navigable canals and rivers, together with bridges, tunnels, aqueducts, docks and reservoirs, along with museums and archive collections.
At the core of our charity are our charitable objects or purposes. The Trust’s objects are set out in the Articles of Association. Our registration with the Charities Commission is No. 1146792.
Here, you'll have access to all our campaigns, regions, stories, how we make a difference, document library and more. Check out About us for more details.
The charitable activities of the Trust were launched in July 2012 when it took over the activities in England and Wales from British Waterways and The Waterways Trust. Documents relating to British Waterways can be located here.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website has a page dedicated to Inland Waterways – include link - where information about the process of setting up the Canal & River Trust, including documents such as the Grant Agreement can be found.
Find out more about Wales/Glandŵr Cymru
To stay in touch with us, or if you have any burning questions visit out Contact us page, where we host lots of information about emergencies, local offices, FAQs and more.
Last date edited: 18 October 2016