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.
John, a retired teacher and boat owner, has worked with us on a data transfer project since 2013.
"John’s determination to proactively find out more about a problem and to work out a solution is inspiring."
Name: John Lageu
Volunteer role: Hydrology volunteer
Location: Hatton, but also works from home
David Mould from our hydrology team tells us more about working with specialist volunteer John Lageu.
“John, a retired teacher and boat owner, has worked on a data transfer project since 2013, helping us to migrate data out of a defunct database system into our modern bespoke database.
“John has provided invaluable expertise on database design and creating complex macros for processing data, and his input has been vital in enabling us to progress this complex project, also providing training and technical support to both staff and volunteers working on the project.
“John started working with us in September 2013, and continues to support us and contribute his time consistently. At the outset of the project John was contributing an average of 35 hours per month. Now the project is well-established, and his life has changed somewhat, his contribution has dropped to approximately 10 hours per month.
“We manage the water resources of the Trust’s network, both operationally from week to week, but also more strategically with long term planning. With sound decisions being made on water resources, we are maximising the time which canals are open during extreme events (both drought and flood).
“John has become an integral part of the team, somebody the whole team knows and who is relied upon as a resource for this project. His determination to succeed is incredible. He has enabled the project to go ahead successfully, and so has enhanced the work of the whole team.”
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
Last date edited: 31 May 2017