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The canal and River Trust

The Canal and River Trust

The Canal and River Trust is a charity which look after 2,000 miles of waterways and believes that life is better by water.

Making life better by water

The Canal and River Trust is responsible for the fishing on 2,000 miles of canals, rivers and reservoirs which it controls, some of which is leased to angling clubs with the remainder being available on day tickets or through the CRT’s Waterway Wanderers permits.

Keen to promote angling as a healthy outdoor sport which can improve people’s quality of life, the Trust is uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of millions of people. Its canals and rivers run through some of the most heavily populated communities in England and Wales and provides accessible green and blue space where it’s needed the most.

The Trust believes that fishing is one of the best ways to get outside, relax and enjoy a healthier, happier lifestyle. Britain’s canals and rivers teem with a rich diversity of fish, and the Trust’s dedicated team of fisheries and angling experts work hard to ensure anglers enjoy a good day’s fishing every day.

Canal and river trust
“Our research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunch break, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really can make us feel happier and healthier”


The canal and River Trust

Let’s Fish

The Canal and River Trust’s website is crammed with information about anything and everything to do with its network of canals, rivers and reservoirs including a database of places to fish which it controls, information on its commercial coarse fisheries, a Beginner’s Guide to fishing on canals, details of its ‘Waterways Wanderers’ permits and a roundup of its ‘Let’s Fish’ campaign including a list of events.