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.
In June 2013, we were approached by Shropshire Wildlife Trust to conduct a vole survey, on the Montgomery Canal from the water, rather than the towpath. Following the success of this project we thought we should create a new aspect to our paddling, by taking a more active role in the environment we paddled.
In December 2015, we officially adopted the section of the Montgomery Canal from Aston Lock 3 to Rednal Basin.
Our adoption has allowed us to do some maintenance work, primarily around the clubhouse - hedge laying, strimming, grass cutting, etc. We have been able to do some pruning of overhanging branches which are not accessible from the towpath. 12 months ago we created some wildlife habitats in Aston Lock 3 nature reserve.
We have forged links with other local adoption groups over the last few months. We have a joint venture with Oswestry School, followed by an event run by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and later to host a local guide group. Each of these is to promote paddling and the environment.
We have outlined a need to do some conservation work at Rednal Basin, with the intention to involve as many groups as possible in the work.
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