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 enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
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
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20 November 2020
This latest edition gives a roundup on the work we've been doing as part of our major, £45 million, winter work programme. You also get some winter safety tips, news of a major dredging project in Gloucester Docks as well as a request for your views on podcasts (among others!)
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6 November 2020
Welcome to the latest edition that has an important update on the latest national lockdown and how it affects boating. Along with that you'll find answers to the common questions asked at our digital Annual Public Meeting, news of the latest annual Boater Report and how you can get support and contact us in an emergency.
23 October 2020
This latest edition features our Annual Report, how we want your views on the best way to manage London's busy waterways and some great news about Stainton Aqueduct and 100 miles-worth of Green Flag Awards!
9 October 2020
This edition starts with advice on how to prepare your boat for flood conditions and follows with news of a consultation about changes to boat licence terms & conditions, an update on the largest ecological project of its kind in Europe, some welcome news of a £1.6m award from the Government’s Heritage Stimulus Fund and, of course, the routine roundup of news and this weekend’s stoppages.
25 September 2020
Welcome to the latest edition that covers the now regular links to the latest coronavirus updates from the Government as well as news of our winter stoppage programme and how, in particular, it will affect the Walsall Canal, our latest campaign to get cyclists to slow down and boating through tunnels just to name a few!
11 September 2020
Welcome to the first edition of September. In it you'll find guidance on horn and light signals while cruising, winter moorings, the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and a great volunteering opportunity (among others)!
28 August 2020
This latest edition covers your feedback on the correct cruising speed, news about the Chesterfield Canal, our winter works programme and an article suggesting the Coventry Canal as a place to cruise next year.
14 August 2020
This latest edition covers important carbon monoxide safety reminders, what your cruising speed should be, news of a consultation about a stretch of the Grand Union and waterway anniversaries. The regular news roundup and this weekend's stoppages can also be found.
Think of this blog as your one-stop shop for up-to-date boating news. It's packed full of useful information about boating on canals and rivers as well important safety announcements and upcoming events.
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