Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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 live in a flat right on the canal and have been working on the canal side since 2003. In that time Cally Arts have raised over £250,000 of funding to make improvements. Obviously this has meant working with a range of partners over the years, including the Trust, and in 2016 I formally adopted a 500 metre stretch from York Way to Islington Tunnel.
There’s a range of volunteers who work on the adoption, we have 5-10 at the moment. Everyone’s different, but all their work makes a positive impact. The Trust’s volunteers will also help us on dedicated events.
And we’ve had plenty of different projects. We’ve created a nature garden on top of the Islington Tunnel, for example. It was an abandoned bit of overgrown waste land. Now, thanks to a lot of effort, especially from Annie, it's an area with insect-loving plants supporting species like bees and butterflies. We also grow fruit, herbs and vegetables which are shared out with local people.
We’ve worked closely with the local council to fund a number of community areas along the stretch too. These are now great places to relax and escape the city. We’ve recruited help from local school children to design community-led art. And through Cally Arts we’ve had some amazing art works and murals put up. Our next plan is to develop one area into an outdoor gym.
It takes time to find these funding streams, apply and then ultimately deliver a project, but they do make a huge difference.
Another example that we funded was after securing around £65,000 of Section 106 money to build a series of floating reed beds, that are ideal for supporting local wildlife.
The stretch is right in the heart of King’s Cross, and that brings challenges too. Whether it’s graffiti, anti-social behaviour or making sure our work helps to manage congestion on the towpath – we have to factor everything in to designing and delivering our projects.
There’s also the complication of the land along the towpath being owned by different organisations. Sometimes it means dealing with the Trust, other times with the local council or the National Grid.
I know the projects we’ve done have been really well supported so far and we’re really keen to do a lot more in the future.
In short, all life goes on in our open spaces, where people relax, meet, play, exercise, learn and 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