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
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.
Taking their name from a lady who lived of the banks of the Aire & Calder Navigation, this group are picking up where Freda Turner left her beloved bankside blooms.
The Friends of Freda’s Garden adopted a stretch of the canal between Cow Lane Bridge and Hunter’s Bridge in Knottingley.
Freda loved her garden so much, she expanded it along her local towpath, encouraging people who used it to pick and even take cuttings of the flowers she had planted. In tribute to her generosity, the group set up to honour her, by carrying on with the amazing work she started.
Freda’s garden became so well known that it was featured in the British Waterways Guide. A local resident even donated a bench in her name.
The group of five volunteers just want to carry on honouring Freda’s memory by carrying on the work she did before she sadly died. We’re sure she’d be proud!
They love what they do and here at the Trust we’ve worked closely with them to ensure they get the support they need to carry on.
If you want to get in touch with the group, you can email Mark Lovell – email@example.com
Or search ‘Friends of Freda’s Garden’ on Facebook.
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