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.
Richard is a lead towpath ranger and our resident expert on the Regent’s Canal. He is famous for wearing his Canal & River Trust bowler hat on the very popular walks he leads every other Sunday (and open days) from Angel Tube to Camden Market.
"His regular guided walks create a special Sunday morning for both enthusiasts and those new to canals, every other week."
Name: Richard Higginbottom
Volunteer role: Lead towpath ranger
Our national towpath ranger, Dick Vincent, tells us more about Richard:
"Volunteers towpath rangers are the main delivery team for the Share the Space, Drop your Pace campaign in London. The capital’s towpaths are now busier than ever before, so the efforts of Richard and his team are felt by literally thousands of people every day. His regular guided walks create a special Sunday morning for both enthusiasts and those new to canals, every other week. He also coordinates pop-up events and towpath ranger activities in east London – some of the busiest towpaths in the country.
"Richard is our longest serving volunteer towpath ranger and very much set the mould as to what they should be. He was instrumental in creating “Share the Space, Drop your Pace”. As a leader, he is a constant guide and companion to other rangers and encourages the hundreds of attendees of his walks to join in too.
"He stands out for many reasons: his hat, his friendly face and the astounding encyclopaedic knowledge and passion he has for the Regent’s Canal – something he gives freely and with great enthusiasm to all."
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: 1 June 2017