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 picking up litter to picking up awards, as Matt Taylor from the Trust says “They’ve been a huge help to the Trust – we love working with them.”
We adopted a stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, between bridges 4a and 5.
I’m Amy Irwin and I run the adoption for Sefton Young Advisors. I was only 18 when I set it up in 2013, but I wanted adults to take us seriously and see the commitment we were making.
Local residents and people who use the canal, love what we’ve done – we even won the Young Advisors Best Partnership Award in 2014. And the landlord at the Cookson’s Bridge pub has given us an outbuilding so we can store all our equipment too.
We’ve applied for a £2,000 scholarship which we’ll use for planting bulbs, painting our building and buying more equipment – all so we can make the canal even better for everyone who uses it.
Yes – everyone in our group agrees it’s a great idea. And you can see what we do here – cookscat.wordpress.com
Yes we are! There’s no ‘membership’ as such, but we’d love you to join in. If you’d like to, just drop me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Interested in adopting?
If you'd like to express an interest in adopting a stretch of canal or river, please download and fill in this simple form