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.
5 March 2018 to 1 October 2018
Hatton locks GU canal
Education, Outdoors, Regularly
We are looking for Education Volunteers who love working with children and would like to encourage them to explore our canals and rivers – in schools and visits to Hatton Locks. We are looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school and informal group requests as required and who...
Stourport Wharf, Sevenside, Stourport Basins
We are looking for people with experience of working with children and a love of canals & rivers.
Diglis Basin, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
We are looking to establish a new team of Explorers education volunteers based at Diglis Basin in Worcester.
7 April 2018
Hanwell, Grand Union, West London
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Saturday 7 April between 10am and 3.30pm at Lock 90 on the Hanwell Flight for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be continuing the work to prepare and paint the locks on the Hanwell Flight. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with...
11 April 2018 Recurring
Cheddleton Lock Flight
Environment, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Wednesday 11th April 2018 by the canal next to Castros Restaurant, Cheadle Road, Cheddleton, Nr Leek, ST13 7HN for an initial meeting to carry out a tidy up session in and around the canal, future meetings every other Wednesday 10.00am - 3.00pm. Bring a packed lunch, welfare facilities are...
3 March 2018
Closing Date: 30 March 2018
Lapworth, Stratford upon Avon Canal, Solihull
Leadership and management, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to co-ordinate and lead our expanding volunteer teams in Asset Delivery, our planned works team, who tackle tasks including moving boats to lock repairs, installing towpaths, and maintaining heritage structures such as bridges and toll houses.
Rochdale, OL9 8AU
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Clean Up Chadderton are the volunteer group working to improve the stretch of the Rochdale Canal which runs through the OL1 and OL9 area. We work on vital tasks such as planting hedgerows, tackling problem plants, litter picking, and generally making the waterside a more attractive place for everyone...
Skipton, Leeds & Liverpool Cana
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us for a practical day around Skipton which will include vegetation maintenance work, litter picking and general towpath maintenance. This is one of a series of task days which take place through the year, on the second Wednesday of the month starting at 1000 and aiming to finishing at 1300. The...
1 March 2018 to 31 October 2018
Closing Date: 31 December 2018
Hatton, Grand Union Canal, Warwickshire
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.
1 March 2018
Saul, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Gloucestershire
Outdoors, Regularly, 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.