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.
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.
"The Trust is pivotal to keeping these waterways alive and accessible for all, and I wanted to be a part of the dedicated volunteer community, helping to engage people and keep our rivers and canals as good as they can be."
I am responsible for working the locks, assisting boaters safely through the locks and answering any queries that may arise from towpath users and visitors. We are the eyes and ears for the Trust and so also report any environmental issues, such as graffiti and vandalism. We also make improvements ourselves such as clearing litter, painting the lock side barriers and passing on boaters’ concerns. There’s also time to have a cuppa and watch the waters go by.
I have met some great people through volunteering with the Trust; other volunteers with a wealth of knowledge on London's waterways, many and varied boaters and towpath users from all over the world. From a Danish Architecture student who had sailed to London, to residents who have seen so many changes in East London and the long term live aboards who have fantastic stories to tell. You never know who you’re going to meet.
My favorite volunteering moment was at the East London Waterways Festival in the summer. The weather was wonderful, and the waterways and Olympic Park were buzzing with families taking parting in canoeing, rowing and dragon boat racing.
For those thinking of volunteering with the Trust don’t hesitate, do it! You will have the opportunity to have real input and influence, helping us to keep the waterways thriving. If you any good ideas for improvements or activities, then the Trust will encourage and help you achieve this.
Find out more about our volunteer lock keepers
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Support our work, support your waterways
The support we get from the public helps to keep canals and rivers alive. Donate now to make a real difference in your local area
Last date edited: 7 February 2018