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
16 December 2020
This is the second in a series of features about dredging the canals, the hows and whys, and a bit of waterway history. This time we take a look at the navigational constraints on developing more casual towpath moorings: factors we have to take into account when planning our dredging projects.
Posted by: The boating team blog
8 December 2020
This is the first in a series of features about dredging the canals, the hows and whys, and a bit of waterway history. To begin with, we've explained the issues that prevent us dredging the canal to the towpath edge.
1 December 2020
A guest blog from boater Tracey about living onboard a narrowboat and being severely vision-impaired. Tracey has become known as 'the blind boater' since moving afloat with hubby, Tim, in March 2014.
30 April 2020
A guest blog from former continuous cruiser Stella about living on-board a narrowboat while living with a chronic health condition.
17 March 2020
A guest blog from boater Naomi about living on-board a narrowboat and living with a chronic health condition.
17 December 2019
We've held a number of meetings with boaters who have a physical or mental impairment to give them the opportunity to find out what we're doing to support disabled boaters.
19 February 2019
Every year there’s a boat licence bill to pay, so let’s help you do it the easy stress-free way. Here’s seven tips from us to help make your boat licence renewal go smoothly.
18 December 2018
Phil Mulligan, our East Midlands regional director, dons his wellies for a second boating buddy trip. This time on the 4 December 2018 with Keith Grantham and Beryl McDowall on board Keith's boat, 'Ouzell II'.
Our boating team bring you news of their work across our network, as well as the stories of boaters they meet