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.
Molly Gadenz talks about adopting a stretch of the Regent's Canal.
We’ve been running for three years now. Myself and Dave who started the group had been working on the canal with other organisations and we naturally progressed to adopting the stretch from Limehouse Basin to Mile End.
We both live nearby, so it made sense to want to look after somewhere in our community.
We started with litter picks, and progressed from there. Moo Canoes, who are based in the Basin, support us so we can pick up rubbish on the water. Hopefully it’s a bit of fun for everyone taking part too.
Since we got a regular group going it’s been a case of ‘anything else we can do?’. We’ve been successful in a number of funding pitches, up to £10k in one case, which has allowed us to build floating reed beds that provide habitat for birds, fish and invertebrates. We’ve also just created 300 square metres of wild meadows.
When the Trust drained this stretch for repairs we saw the chance to clean up rubbish from the canal bed. We got about 8-10 tonnes in total. And found an unexploded World War Two grenade.
We get up to 20 people for each event. It’s a great mix of established faces and new people. We’re always on the lookout for more help too.
Everyone knows the Thames in London, but discovering the canals is a great thing to do. The Regent’s Canal is a gem of a place to have in your neighbourhood, hidden off the main streets. It has so much potential, and that’s what drives us on.
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