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.
I have been working with Llangattock Community Woodlands since it started and was a founder member and Chair of the original group. The group has been part of the canal adoption scheme since 2013.
I'm Jackie Charlton. We started the adoption because we were already working in a small woodland adjacent to the water. So it made absolute sense.
We now meet along the canal once a week looking after two woodlands. During the winter months we have been coppicing or helping the Trust on a special project to support and celebrate both the beautiful views from the canal and the life cycle of the Dormouse who love new hazel to nest in.
We regularly have a turnout of between eight and 12 volunteers who are mainly retired although we have guest volunteers of different ages. My nine year old grand-daughter is one of the more enthusiastic volunteers, but she can only attend when on holiday in Wales. We have people who are participating in different volunteer schemes to do with health or rehabilitation. We also work with the local Church in Wales primary school whose Eco club are now intending to visit through the seasons.
We’re constantly looking to recruit and provide opportunities for volunteering in our group and therefore along the canal.
Easily the favourite achievement has been clearing around the grand, statuesque Redwood that is here on the canal side, but followed very closely with taking on the new woodland and meadow. The new woodland provides an exciting opportunity for volunteers to have hands on experiences in a special environment. We hope that this will be a focal point for local people and visitors alike in years to come.
The Mon & Brec Canal is full of breath-taking views, peace and tranquillity. It’s a place which creates a highway for biodiversity for all to enjoy.
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