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.
I'm part of a team that runs four adoption groups along the Macclesfield Canal. Our groups in Macclesfield and Bosley have been going since 2015, with the other two in Poynton and Congleton beginning in 2017.
I'm Duncan Learmond. Like a number of adoptions we started with one mile, but when we saw what could be achieved we looked into extending the area we adopted and also setting up more groups.
We've initiated a roving taskforce too, that covers areas in-between the key adoption areas our groups cover.
It's important to get the right structure in place for your group and this works well on the Macclesfield Canal. Once that is in place the hard work takes care of itself.
Our aim is simply to contribute to the well-being of the canal. Most of our members join as a result of being canal users, whether that's walking their dogs by the water, cycling or working as lock keepers, but mostly from the local community
The way we work, it's a case of the more the merrier.
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