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
The Shropshire Union Canal: Emergency Appeal
Part of the Shropshire Union Canal has collapsed and is in need of urgent repair. We've started an appeal to help with the restoration of this much-loved waterway
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Find your ideal volunteer role here.
12 February 2018 to 31 October 2018
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Anderton Boat lift near Northwich in Cheshire is a master piece of Industrial engineering fully restored to operational use and today a major visitor destination. You will be working as part of a small team regularly carrying out a variety of general grounds maintenance tasks such as cutting grass, planting...
12 February 2018 to 30 September 2018
Closing Date: 30 September 2018
Multiple locations along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal between Liverpool and Wigan, Lancashire
Education, Practical, Working with visitors
Join us as an Outreach Volunteer
9 July 2018 to 31 July 2018
Closing Date: 31 July 2018
Stone, T &M, Staffordshire
Heritage, Outdoors, Practical
Are you interested in The Heritage of our Canals ? This is a fantstic oportunity to get involved with the trusts Asset Delivery Volunteering team in the restoration of a grade ll listed bridge on the Trent & Mersey canal at bridge 100 near to Meaford. The bridge requires some brick replacement and also...
29 March 2018
Lune aqueduct nature sit
Join us for a practical day around Lancaster which will include vegetation maintenance work, litter picking and general towpath maintenance.
1 February 2018 to 6 December 2018
Knottingley, Aire & Calder, Yorkshire
Knottingley Towpath Taskforce meets on the first Thursday of the month from 10am-1pm. We carry out a range of tasks along the canal through Knottingley including painting, litter clearance, cutting back vegetation and planting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
10 January 2018 to 10 January 2019
Selby, Selby Canal, Yorkshire
Join us on the third Saturday of every month, 10am to 1pm, for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Selby Canal. We’ll be tackling a variety of tasks, including painting, litter picking, cutting back vegetation and planting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
1 December 2017
Worcester, Birmingham & Droitwich Canal, Worcestershire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
This role will support the bank staff team in the delivery of different maintenance jobs on the Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich canal. Working with two Canal & River trust staff from the local team you will be based at the Tardebigge offices although the team may instruct other meeting points dependant...
30 January 2018
Caldon Canal ST4 7AF
Heritage, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Various tasks including vegetation clearance, painting, litter picking towpath repairs, fencing, and dry stone walling.
31 October 2017 to 1 October 2018
Closing Date: 31 March 2018
Milton Keynes, Grand Union Canal, Buckinghamshire
Home-based, Marketing and promotions
This role is to work within our new IT training team, developing resources for our people to make best use of our IT systems. The main aim is to design and prepare educational aids and materials for the IT Training department bringing learning to life to engage and upskill our people, using specialist...
16 October 2017 to 31 December 2020
Closing Date: 31 December 2018
Crofton, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
We are looking for volunteers to help develop and establish a new school and family learning programme at Crofton Pumping Station near Marlborough. This fantastic site is home to the 200 year old beam engine alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal and is a perfect setting for school groups to learn about our...