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.
23 May 2017
A volunteer group working along the entire length of the Caldon Canal. We will be doing tasks such as painting the lock and infrastructure, cutting back overgrown vegetation, dry stone walling, litter picking, path resurfacing and fencing among other jobs. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors,...
1 May 2017 to 1 May 2020
Education, Education volunteers
Join our new team of education volunteers working on the fascinating Pocklington Canal as it undergoes a HLF funded project. You will be working in partnership with education volunteers at nearby Naburn lock to lead school, Cub Scout and Brownie groups on canalside trails as well as running sessions...
14 April 2017
Huddersfield Broad Canal, Huddersfield
The Towpath Taskforce on the Huddersfield Broad Canal meet on the second Friday of the month from 10am-1pm. We carry out a range of tasks along the canal including painting, litter clearance, cutting back vegetation and planting. The meeting location will vary depending on the tasks that need doing...
8 March 2018
Closing Date: 16 November 2018
Recently we have repainted Newbury Lock, cut back overhanging vegetation, carried out litter removal and repairs to the towpath on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
30 January 2018
Wigan , Leeds & Liverpool Cana
Practical, Recording and monitoring
This is one of a series of task days which take place on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Wigan, meeting at a different location each week. Tasks can include vegetation works, litter picking and general towpath maintenance. When: Every Tuesday at 10am.
18 April 2018
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Canal Side, County Drive - B78 3XR
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce in Tamworth on alternate Wednesdays for a range of activities along the Coventry Canals in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
1 August 2016 to 1 April 2020
Join our team of education volunteers working on the fascinating Grantham Canal as it undergoes a restoration project. You will be working in partnership with the Grantham Canal Society to lead school, Cub scout and Brownie groups on canalside trails as well as running sessions in the classroom. All...
1 August 2016
Recording and monitoring
We are looking for volunteers who can visit visitor mooring sites between Tewitfield and Bilsborrow to carry out boat checks. The main sites that we are looking at are Tewitfield, Carnforth, Hest Bank, Lancaster, Galgate and Bilsborrow. Bycycles can be provided if needed and would be stored for use...
We carry out practical nature conservation work and we aim to conserve the natural history and biodiversity of the area and have lots of fun whilst doing it!
Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Outdoors, Regularly, Working with visitors
This role will focus on being an ambassador for CRT within the Gloucester Docks and engaging with members of the public. An extension of our Front of House a Welcome Station Greeter and Volunteer Ranger in one.