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
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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.
Articles about volunteering with the Trust.
Canals offer different things to different people
To Brian Emmott, local artist and volunteer on the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal, it gives him the chance to work outdoors helping the community - and all from his motorised wheelchair
26 March 2018
Volunteering has really improved my skills and abilities in so many ways. I love the training the Trust provides to volunteers.
19 March 2018
Whenever he can, volunteer lock keeper Paul Harry leaves behind his life as a computer programmer in Bristol to help boaters through the six locks in Bath.
2 March 2018
We are delighted to open nominations for the Mike Carter Award to recognise the passion and dedication of young volunteers.
7 February 2018
I work full time caring for parks and open spaces, so I greatly value the waterways. This is especially true in our urban environment where they provide a peaceful oasis to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and provide valuable habitats for wildlife.
20 November 2017
I began volunteering with the Trust in 2012, initially as a volunteer lock keeper, but since 2015 I’ve also been working with the safety team as a visitor attraction risk assessor.
I’m a volunteer lock keeper on the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. I started volunteering in April 2017 following an article on the Welsh news about Llangattock. They also gave out some information about volunteering, and here I am.
5 October 2017
International Volunteer Managers’ Day is a chance for us to thank all the dedicated volunteer managers throughout the Trust. Together with our volunteers, their continued work means that we can make life better by the water for everyone.
3 November 2016
It's International Volunteer Managers Day on 5 November, but what turns a good volunteer manager into a great one? Read on to find out more.
We're saying a big thank you to all of our volunteers and volunteer managers this International Volunteer Managers Day. Read more to find out what our heritage volunteers have been getting up to.
31 October 2016
International Volunteer Managers Day is on 5 November. We’re taking the opportunity to thank all of our volunteers and volunteer managers. Read more to find out what the team have been getting up to in South Wales.
Last date edited: 8 February 2018