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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate our own dedicated team - out there every day giving their time, helping us look after 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across the country.
As a charity we count on the generous support of the public. It means we can keep breathing new life into our canals and rivers, making them better places for the communities that use them every day.
Whether it’s using their specialist expertise on big engineering projects, looking after lock gates, cleaning up towpaths or talking to the public - our team of volunteers are a vital part of what we do.
Every single one of our volunteers helps us in their own way, and you can read more about some of their individual stories further down this page, but together their dedication and enthusiasm means we can build together for a brighter future. It means we can work to create more free, open, safe spaces that connect local communities with their local waterways.
For the selfless work you do all throughout the year, here’s to you the volunteer!
Thank you, from all of us at the Trust.
Here we are sharing the stories of just some of our incredible volunteers. Find out more about the type of work they do with us, and why they love to be involved.
Janice loves the canals and her local area. She decided to volunteer with us to help promote the Trust and to learn more about our work
John, a retired teacher and boat owner, has worked with us on a data transfer project since 2013
Marcus has been volunteering with us for over three years. The time and effort he has committed has been substantial
Richard is a lead towpath ranger and our resident expert on the Regent’s Canal, famous for his bowler hat
Pam is retired and is keen to play an active role in the community. She enjoys being outdoors and working with other people
Charlie lives near the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and wanted to give something back to the community
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
Join our Towpath Taskforce teams
Our teams of regular volunteers meet up and down the country to help us care for their local waterway. Join us today
Last date edited: 1 June 2017