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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Find your ideal volunteer role here.
28 November 2017
Closing Date: 31 March 2018
Leicester, River Soar and Grand Union Canal, Leicestershire
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Leicester Towpath Taskforce for a range of activities along the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal.
4 August 2017
Join us on the first Wednesday and Friday of each month at Canal Lane, Hatton, Warwick. CV35 7JL on the beautiful Grand Union Canal. Tasks vary on a regular basis and can include painting, planting, litter clearance, general maintenance, depending on what’s needed in the area. On arrival you will be...
29 November 2017
Closing Date: 28 March 2018
Tame Otter PH, Coventry Canal, Staffordshire
Join the Tamworth Towpath Taskforce for Towpath improvements in Tamworth and surrounding areas covering the Coventry & Ashby Canals. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments.
22 June 2017
Tasks vary on a regular basis and can include painting, planting, litter clearance, general maintenance, depending on what’s needed in the area. On arrival you will be greeted by a group leader who will run through what is to be done that day, assign tasks and demonstrate the safe use of any equipment....
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...
1 March 2016 to 31 March 2018
Anderton Boat Lift
Administration and support, Office-based, Working with visitors
This opportunity is based withing a small but busy team located in the Booking Office at Andeton Visitor Centre. The team deal with a varied routine on a day to day basis ranging from basic administration duties such as customer correspondence & data entry to providing a welcoming service to our large...
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!
Wigan - Leeds & Liverpool
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!
Closing Date: 1 January 2019
Claverton, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
Customer service, Practical, Working with visitors
Claverton Pumping Station nr Bath are looking for volunteers to help with the restoration and operation of the famous waterwheel.