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.
Birmingham centre, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, West Midlands
Customer service, Marketing and promotions
At key locations around the country, we have established visitor ‘welcome’ stations and you could be at the heart of this welcome.
Gloucester, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Gloucestershire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Towpath Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy to chat to towpath users including boaters, walkers and cyclists when needed. On your regular (weekly or more often) walks along your towpath patch, you’ll get to spot anything you think we should be aware of too...
River Tees, Stockton-on-Tees
The Tees Barrage volunteer group will carry out a range of practical tasks including painting, planting, woodland management and path creation, all around the site of the Tees Barrage.
Closing Date: 31 December 2018
Barnt Green, Worcester Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Outdoors, Recording and monitoring, Regularly
Reservoir Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy to chat to local visitors to the reservoirs when needed. On your regular (weekly or more often) visit to the reservoir you will keep the spill weirs clean of vegetation, keep an eye on the water quality especially...
Management and supervision
The Chairperson has a strategic role to play in representing the vision and purpose of the organisation. The Chairperson ensures that the management committee functions properly, that there is full participation at meetings, all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and...
Gloucester Office, Gloucestershire
We are looking for volunteers with a background or interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) who love working with children and young people and would like to encourage their interest in STEM via the canals by taking part in school visits, workshops and visits to the waterways.
Closing Date: 1 January 2019
Claverton, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
Customer service, Practical, Working with visitors
Claverton Pumping Station nr Bath are looking for volunteers to help with the restoration and operation of the famous waterwheel.
Standedge Visitor Centre
Join our fantastic team of education volunteers based at Standedge Tunnel. Our education volunteers lead visits for primary school groups and make sure every aspect of a visit runs smoothly, from greeting the coach at Marsden Train Station at the beginning of the day to waving goodbye at the end. We...
Administration and support, Engineering, Office-based, Other specialist roles, Outdoors, Regularly
An opportunity for volunteers with civil engineering knowledge or an interest in this field to make a valuable contribution to the management of Trust infrastructure.
Anderton Boat Lift, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire
Administration and support, Leadership and management, Marketing and promotion, Project management, Regularly, Working with visitors
Here at the Trust we have people and nature at the heart of everything we do, and we would like to see more people enjoying the waterways in a variety of ways.