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.
1 April 2018 to 30 April 2018 Recurring
Marple, Stockport,SK6 6BN
Practical, Working with visitors
At key locations around the country, we’re establishing visitor ‘welcome’ stations and you could be at the heart of this welcome.
1 April 2018 to 31 October 2018
Closing Date: 31 December 2018
Stenson, Trent & Mersey Canal, Derbyshire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to...
28 April 2018 Recurring
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Friends of Slough Canal in their mission to look after the beautiful Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal! The group run monthly mini-clean ups at various locations along the Slough Arm. They also hold a big spring clean-up each year and other one off events such as wildflower planting throughout...
1 April 2018 to 31 December 2018
Leicester, River Soar, Leicestershire
3 April 2018 Recurring
Littleborough, Rochdale Canal, Greater Manchester
Environment, One off or a taster, Practical, Regularly
Our Towpath Taskforce team meets on the first Tuesday of every month. It's a great opportunity to try volunteering with the Trust with no need for longer commitment. Typically we plant hedgerows, tackle problem plants, paint locks and mend towpaths.
4 April 2018 Recurring
Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, West Midlands
Boating, Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join our Towpath Taskforce Greener Birmingham Team on the first Wednesday of each month for a practical session, between 10am and 3.30pm on the canals around the centre of Birmingham. The scope of the team is to greatly improve the visitor experience with the City Centre, out towards Icknield Port and...
4 April 2018
Carthagena Lock, River Lee, Broxbourne
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on Wednesday 4th April between 10am and 3.30pm at Carthagena Lock for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be preparing the lock for painting and giving the area a tidy up to make the towpath a more welcoming place for visitors. All tools and equipment will be provided, together...
6 March 2018
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Turnerwood, Shireoaks, Chesterfield Canal
Environment, Heritage, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
How do you fancy caring for some of our old locks, many Grade II listed, in a beautiful rural setting?
5 March 2018 to 1 October 2018
Etruria, Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire
Education, Outdoors, Regularly
We are looking for people with experience of working with children and a love of canals & rivers.
5 March 2018
Birmingham, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, West Midlands
If you love working with children and enjoy being outdoors join our team of education volunteers in Birmingham! Help children discover the waterways through our Canal & River Explorers programme by leading sessions for schools, cub scouts and brownie groups both in their classrooms and out and about...