Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
Winter open days
Our open days offer a different perspective of our waterways, a behind-the-scenes look at the great work we do. A free day out for all the family.
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.
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?
Volunteering in partnership
Want to make a real difference to your community? You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year
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
100% of your donation will be used to make life better by water
Canals are better with Friends
Becoming a Friend by making a monthly donation is one of the most effective ways to support our work
Leave a legacy
Will you leave a gift in your Will to keep the canals and rivers you care about alive?
Give in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Give in celebration
Got a favourite place in mind? Dedicate it in celebration of a loved one today
Make a difference to the wellbeing of your community
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Use My Location
24 May 2018
On Sunday 20 May 2018 we celebrated the heritage of the Pocklington Canal at our open day event. The sun was shining, which made a special day event better.
Posted by: Pocklington Canal
6 April 2018
One of our first events of the year took place last weekend, with a Easter Activity Challenge to mark the start of the bicentenary year and the return of the Pocklington Canal summer boat trips. Despite the grey skies, many families wrapped up warm to join us on Easter Sunday.
12 March 2018
Our March – June events 2018 guide is now out, but what else has been happening with the project over the last few months?
22 December 2017
We’re nearly halfway through this project, and as 2017 draws to a close it seems a good time to reflect back on the year, and to reveal what’s coming next.
4 December 2017
A major part of this project is habitat improvements within the Pocklington Canal Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Dredging is currently underway to create open water habitats in areas that have become dominated by reed sweet-grass.
8 August 2017
In July we were joined by the Yorkshire Mammal Group and the Yorkshire Dragonfly Group to look for wildlife along the Pocklington Canal during two wildlife workshops.
25 July 2017
Between mid-June and early July 2017, 20 volunteers joined us on a community archaeology dig at Canal Head. Under the friendly supervision of Jon Kenny Community Archaeology, we excavated the remains of a 19th Century warehouse alongside the Canal Head basin.
Between 18 April and 26 May 2017, 20 volunteers joined in with the restoration of Church Bridge, a Grade Two Listed humpback bridge, near the village of Melbourne.
'Pocklington Canal – a gem in the landscape', was a three year long project funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund that ended in August 2019. The blog posts on this page were written by the project officer.