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.
By working together with local groups we’re bringing our nation’s canals and rivers to life in more ways than ever before. We’re helping them to adopt a stretch of waterway – and it’s making positive changes in communities right across the country.
Adopting a stretch of canal or river is all about making a real difference, changing lives and having fun too. We’ve got over 100 groups already, which you can see on the map below. Could you adopt a canal near you?
We need groups to look after stretches of waterway across England and Wales. We’d love to hear from you if you belong to a recognised group or club and can commit to adopting your local canal for at least 12 months.
Download our form via the link below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be in touch soon.
Download our adoptions form
If you'd like to express an interest in adopting a stretch of canal or river, please download and fill in this simple form.
When people get together to do something for their community, amazing things can happen. You can find out more about our existing adoption groups by clicking on the links below and on the top right.
We started the adoption because we were already working in a small woodland adjacent to the water. So it made absolute sense
Our angling group has owned the fishing rights to Sutton Reservoir for over 50 years. We've always been keen to look after the area
Our task group grew out of the hard work of the Marple Locks Heritage Society. Anyone is welcome to join. We're a friendly bunch!
Take a look at our page of further information about adoptions or read our adoptions FAQs
If you're unable to adopt a canal or river in your area, there are still lots of ways to get involved. We have volunteer roles of all shapes and sizes.
Join our Towpath Taskforce teams
Our teams of regular volunteers meet up and down the country to help us care for their local waterway. Join us today
Love My Stretch
Everyone has their favourite place on the waterways, and we want to hear about yours. Make a donation today through Love My Stretch and you can claim your own special spot for a year