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.
Got a question about our canal and river adoptions? Check out our FAQs.
Adopting a section of canal is a great way for groups to get out and active, making a real difference to the waterways near you. We want to see our waterways being enjoyed by local communities, adoption groups do just that.
It’s an informal partnership with us, where a group of people help look after and celebrate a specific stretch of our waterways. It’s not about doing everything like the mowing and repairing locks though, it’s about planning activity with us. That might start small with some litter picking and painting and grow to include running fishing taster days and creating seating areas. Normally groups adopt about a mile, but that can depend on the location.
You need to have a look at our online map and work out where the best canal is to adopt for your group. It might be a good idea to talk to your group about the idea, you could take a walk and chat about the things you would like to do. The next step is to get in touch with us by filling in the expression of interest form.
Not to start with, although some basic things like litter pickers and brooms are handy. We will plan activities together dependant on your groups abilities and resources.
You need to be part of a group, because willing helpers are essential. Six to ten people are a good start. You don’t need to be constituted or a formal group but you do need a name and a lead contact.
If the activity you are doing is planned and carried out as planned, then you are insured by Canal & River Trust. However, many groups do have their own insurance and if you undertake activities on land not owned by us you will need separate insurance.
Adoptions are for 12 months, then we review and renew your adoption.
We ask that adoptions undertake activity once a month, this could be a practical activity on site but it could also be giving a presentation to a school group or running a guided walk. There will be some time planning these things as well.
No, unless you are a commercial business. Please find more information in our adoptions handbook and you can also email email@example.com
It’s probably worth having a chat with us, you might be able to get involved with the existing group or look at a slightly different stretch.
Have a look at all the existing adoptions and some case studies alongside suggested areas to adopt on our website.
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
Last date edited: 27 April 2017