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.
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: 27 April 2018
Administration and support, Other specialist roles, Regularly
Have you ever wondered “Where does the water come from?” when you have been stood next to the canal? It is a frequently asked question, especially on open days and when people visit the waterways, so we are seeking a volunteer to help us explain water resource management using infographics and maps....
Closing Date: 1 April 2019
Marketing and promotion, Working with visitors
Join us as a Young Enabler
Ellesmere Port, Shropshire Union Canal, the Wirral
Education, Engineering, Heritage, Home-based, Office-based, Regularly, Working with visitors
The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port has a fantastic collection of boats, buildings, boat builders kit and much more. And engines! Our dedicated team care for and conserve the collection as well as bringing it to life by telling visitors about it. Comprehensive knoweldge of the inner workings...
Education volunteers, Marketing and promotions
We are looking for people who love working with children and would like to encourage them to explore our canals and rivers – in schools, through our website, at waterside events or in museums.
Old Ford, River Lee, East London
Join us and Moo Canoes on Wednesday 27th June between 6pm-8pm at Old ford and Olympic park for an evening of fun, floating litter picking along the beautiful River Lee.
Closing Date: 8 September 2018
Banbury, Oxford Canal, Oxfordshire
Other specialist roles, Outdoors, Recording and monitoring, Surveying
Are you the volunteer we are looking for? Are you interested in helping the Trust's Health and Safety team with their regular risk re- assessments of our customer operated structures, which include swing bridges, lift bridges and locks. If so the task will involve visiting specific locations within...
Gloucester, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Gloucestershire
Administration and support, Office-based, Regularly
As admin volunteer for the team for the SWS waterway you will support the local Volunteer Development Coordinator with volunteer specific admin tasks. This will include liaising with the local Supervisor and Team Leader to ensure that the local volunteer needs are met with regards to PPE and training,...
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.
Red Bull, Trent & Mersey Canal, Stoke-on-Trent
Administration and support, Office-based, Other specialist roles, Regularly
Our friendly National Infrastructure Team are seeking a volunteer to assist them in the Red Bull office, not far from Stoke on Trent. The team work with a variety of customers including developers and neighbouring properties, on a range of projects, so this is a very interesting task.