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.
Find your ideal volunteer role here.
17 March 2018
Hardmead Lock, River Lee, Ware
Environment, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Saturday 17 March between 10am and 3.30pm at Hardmead Lock near Ware for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the River Lee. We'll be cutting back vegetation and collecting litter. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments....
18 March 2018 Recurring
Peak Forest canal, SK6 5ET
Marketing and promotion, Outdoors, Practical
Local community group carrying towpath improvements, vegetation work and planting between Woodley and Romiley on the Lower peak Forest canal
19 March 2018 to 22 March 2018
Birmingham, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, West Midlands
Boating, Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Thoughtlessly discarded plastic waste is choking our canals and rivers, reaching the oceans and destroying marine life. You can help today by joining us on the Plastic Patrol Boat.
21 March 2018
Hanwell Flight, Grand Union Canal, Southall London
Join us on Wednesday 21st March between 10am and 3.30pm at Hanwell for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be cutting back vegetation, collecting litter and preparing areas for painting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
22 March 2018 Recurring
Closing Date: 30 June 2019
Bath, Kennet & Avon Canal, Somerset
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Towpath Taskforce in the Bath area on the Kennet & Avon Canal with the Canal & River Trust. Recently we've carried out some planting to encourage wildlife, repainted lock gates handrails and lock gearing, edged round the locks and updated the signs
25 March 2018 Recurring
Bugsworth Basin, SK23 7NE
Heritage, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
We are looking for volunteers to help us maintain the canal at Bugsworth Basin. This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was a busy canal/tramway interchange basin.
Closing Date: 31 March 2018
Hawkesbury Junction, Coventry Canal. Warwickshire
Join the Hawkesbury Junction Towpath Taskforce in tackling a variety of tasks around Exhall and Hawkesbury. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments. Find us at the CRT car park (opposite the Greyhound pub), Sutton Stop, off Grange Road,...
Meet at Moo Headquarters, Limehouse
Join the Lower Regents Coalition in their quest to green and clean the Lower Regent's Canal!
15 March 2018
Closing Date: 31 October 2018
Recently we've planted wildflowers; cleared overgrowth on the Diamond Jubilee Woodland carried out painting and updated the signs.
28 March 2018
city Road Lock, Regent's Canal, London
Join us on Wednesday 28th March between 10am and 3.30pm at City Road Lock for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the Regents Canal. We'll be cutting back vegetation, collecting litter and painting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments....