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.
Could you help us out during the busy summer boating season? Find out more about becoming a volunteer lock keeper, an important role which is steeped in history and tradition.
Lock keepers have been working on Britain's canals for hundreds of years, although the role has changed over time. These days our volunteer lock keepers help us to look after our beautiful waterways, assist boaters, welcome visitors and maintain our historic locks.
Find out more
Read our information sheet about the volunteer lock keeper role
"Working outdoors and staying fit have been a key incentive for people, as has a sense of pride in knowing they’re helping protect our 250 year old working heritage."
Ed Moss, national volunteering manager
Edd Moss, national volunteering manager said: “As a new charity we were heartened by the amazing support we received for this role last year.
It’s extremely important to us that we offer volunteers something appealing where they feel like they’re making a difference, which this role certainly does."
If you're a Continuous Cruiser and travel around but are keen to be a volunteer lock keeper, this is possible. To find out more, email email@example.com
Search for a role
Use our search tool to find volunteer opportunities in your area or take a look at the roles below
1 April 2018 to 31 October 2018
Closing Date: 15 March 2018
Tardebigge, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to...
1 April 2018
Closing Date: 18 February 2018
Wigan, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Greater Manchester
Stoke Prior, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Closing Date: 31 December 2018
Stenson, Trent & Mersey Canal, Derbyshire
Worcester, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Closing Date: 31 March 2018
Torksey, River Trent, Lincolnshire
1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
Boston, River Witham, Lincolnshire
Llangynidr,Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, Powys
West Stockwith, River Trent, Lincolnshire
Diglis Basin, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
Cromwell, River Trent, Nottinghamshire
Hanbury, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
1 April 2018 to 31 December 2018
Leicester, River Soar, Leicestershire
Bath, Kennet & Avon Canal, Somerset
Closing Date: 26 March 2018
Foxton, Grand Union Canal, Leicestershire
Preston, Lancaster Canal, Lancashire
Skipton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Yorkshire
Bradford on Avon, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
Stoke Bruerne, Grand Union Canal, Northampton
Glasson, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Bingley, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Yorkshire
Crofton, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
Napton, Oxford Canal, Warwickshire
Blackburn, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Barrowford, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Leeds, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, West Yorkshire
Stockton, Grand Union Canal, Warwickshire
Devizes, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
Watford, Grand Union Canal, Northamptonshire
Marsworth, Grand Union Canal, Buckinghamshire
Seend, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
Long Buckby, Grand Union Canal, Northamptonshire
Liverpool, Leeds Liverpool Canal, Merseyside
Chorley, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Braunston, Grand Union Canal, Daventry
Rufford, Leeds Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Barnoldswick, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Last date edited: 1 February 2018