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
Wellbeing with Well-B
Discover how you can recharge when spending time by water
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
7 May 2021
This latest edition has details of an online ‘book of condolence’ that has been set up following the tragic loss of our colleague Clive Porter. You'll also find the latest news, stoppages and information on forums in the West Midlands and Wales & South West regions.
Posted by: The boaters' update
23 April 2021
Welcome to the latest edition where you can read how our investments help keep navigations open. There's also an important safety reminder, a feature on electric boating, volunteer lock keepers and an update on boating in the North.
9 April 2021
This latest edition features handy reminders on water saving and boating etiquette as many of you prepare for your first 'proper' cruise next week. You'll also find a thank you to all of you who donated to the Waterways Chaplaincy Hardship Fund and a request for pictures of your return to boating along with the usual roundup of news and this weekend's stoppages.
26 March 2021
Welcome to the latest edition. Below, as we edge towards a return to boating, you'll find out stoppage information for your region as you plan for your first cruise. You can also read good news about booking passage on the Bridgewater Canal and details of a trial change in the way we mow towpaths as well as the curious cases of ‘sticky fuel’ and what to do if you come across the problem on your return to your boat.
12 March 2021
Welcome to the latest edition. With boating looking increasingly likely in the foreseeable future this edition runs through the things you might want to do and know before taking your boat out for its first cruise of the year. There's also an update on water resources in the North West, a pleasing update on a £3 million repair project, composting/separator loos and more besides!
26 February 2021
Welcome to the latest edition. In it you'll find news of how we might (it's not definite yet!) all be able to get back out on the cut in the months ahead. Along that good news you'll be able to read about how you can take part in the census, why 2020 saw record number of breakdown call-outs to boats and the answers to some of the questions you sent in after reading the composting toilet article in the last edition.
12 February 2021
Welcome to the latest edition where you'll find out how the pandemic and severe weather has affected our winter stoppage programme. Along with that you can read about composting loos, the 2020 Lockage Report, otters, four million bricks and an iguana... You read that correctly!
29 January 2021
This latest edition includes information about accessing coronavirus vaccinations if you live on your boat, a summary of the havoc wreaked by Storm Christoph and an update on the London Mooring Strategy along with the routine roundup of news, stoppages and ways to get involved.
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 as important safety announcements and upcoming events.
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