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 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.
"There are volunteers here from an amazing range of backgrounds and we all bring different skills to the task."
I worked as a biomedical scientist in the NHS for many years and went on to work as a patient safety manager. I ended a 40-year career with severe depression and anxiety and took early retirement.
I had never worked outdoors, and I had never worked with the public, so volunteering on the canal was something guaranteed to take me out of my comfort zone and give me a new challenges. I needed the structure of work but without the pressure and politics - volunteering gave me that.
When I'm doing risk assessments for the safety team, I'm given a list of locks or structures such as bridges and aqueducts. These are frequently some way from home but there is no pressure to complete them, so I generally plan my day to include lunch or tea at a waterside cafe or pub. I’ve found hidden corners of the canal network that I would never have visited otherwise.
While all locks 'are the same' they are also all different, and it’s fascinating to see the slight variations that can be found on locks that are close together. Equally fascinating are the people I meet at locks. The canals certainly bring together a community of interesting people!
I get great support from my task manager and never feel pressured to complete assessments. The national safety volunteering team meet up once a year which is a great way of comparing notes and catching up with friends old and new.
Everyone in the Trust is supportive of volunteering in all its forms. There are volunteers here from an amazing range of backgrounds and we all bring different skills to the task - and we find skills and attributes we never knew we had!
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
What's happening near you?
Look at our Local to You pages to find all the latest in your local area, including news, events, stories and details of how you can get involved with our work
Last date edited: 20 November 2017