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.
We offer a range of exciting opportunities for volunteers to gain experience within our specialist teams. From civil engineering to heritage and ecology, there are a number of ways to develop your skills, enhance your knowledge and contribute to our canals and rivers.
You don’t necessarily need to know all about boating or have lots of practical skills to volunteer alongside our technical teams. While there may be a chance to get out on the bank, we are primarily seeking enthusiastic people to join our specialist teams on a range of office-based tasks throughout the country. Some roles can even be done from home.
For example, if you're a retired engineer who loves the waterways, have an interest that you want to make more of alongside your everyday job or if you are just starting your career, we would love to hear from you. Tasks could include surveys out and about on the towpath, gathering important information through GIS software and contributing to valuable data entry.
Opportunities are changing daily so if we don’t have anything which suits you at the moment, keep checking in for future specialist volunteer roles which could be right for you.
Last date edited: 1 March 2018