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.
Adopting your own stretch of waterway can mean signing up for simple tasks like regular litter picks, or creating a new green space for your whole community to enjoy.
Here are a few ways our groups are making their own stretch better for everyone:
So if you’re part of a community group looking to do get involved where you are, we’d love to talk to you. This is your chance to be a part of the exciting future of our canals and rivers.
Look at our adoptions map
Find your nearest canal adoption and read about what our adoption groups have been doing - and how much fun they've had along the way
“We don't ask adoption groups to work alone, we're really keen on working in partnership together and we’re very much here to help. Above all we want people to have fun!"
Edd Moss, national volunteering manager
Everyone’s invited to join in
It doesn’t matter how big or small your group is, we’ll help you figure out the perfect way to adopt. And we’ll support you every step of the way. We want to give people new ways to get involved in their local community.
All we ask is that your group can work with us for at least 12 months. And when you’ve decided what you’d like to do, we’ll help you get started. We can even work together on bids to apply for money through funds such as the plastic bag levy.
Want to know more?
No problem. Our adoption handbook is all about connecting communities. Download our handbook to find everything you need to know about how your group can get involved.
Share it with other members of your group and if it sparks some amazing ideas – we’d love to hear them!
Absolutely! Improving a stretch of canal or river is a great way to improve team building. It’s a way to put something back and your local community and the wildlife that live there will love you for it.
So if you want to talk about your company adopting a stretch of canal or river, get in touch.
For more information on the adoption scheme as a whole please read the Waterway Adoption Handbook.
If you are interested in talking about adopting a stretch of canal or river on behalf of your company please email email@example.com
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
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