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
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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
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?
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
26 January 2018
Welcome to the latest edition where you'll find out what topics you said you most wanted to read about this year, a chance to win a free year’s licence for your boat, news of the country’s biggest inland waterway festival and the usual news, events and stoppages roundup.
Posted by: The boaters' update
12 January 2018
Welcome to the first 2018 edition of Boaters' Update. Now that we're well and truly into the new year, this inaugural edition focuses on plans for the next 12 months. Other than that you'll find news on boat licence auto-renewal, the latest news, stoppages and events.
15 December 2017
And there goes another year! Welcome to the final 2017 edition. Huge thanks go out to everyone who's been touch over the past 12 months and given up their time to share their thoughts, and passion, on all things boating. See you in 2018!
1 December 2017
Say what you will about 2017 but we can't accuse it of being slow. Where has it gone?!? In this penultimate edition you'll find out how to prepare for a Christmas afloat so you can enjoy a leisurely festive period, how we're staying up to date with your mooring status and much more besides!
17 November 2017
You'll find an article about the ongoing boat licensing consultation, a feature on boating on rivers, a bundle of other news, this weekend’s stoppages, and ways in which you can get involved and more in the latest edition.
3 November 2017
In this latest edition you'll find out how you can get to see locks and canals as you've never seen before, why graffiti is such a costly blight, how to make a gorgeous chutney using towpath goodies and much more besides!
20 October 2017
Welcome to the last October edition of Boaters' Update. There's a very eclectic feel below with news of two consultations (licensing and London), the world's oldest working steam engines, the first designs of the GOODBOAT guidelines and a tart to name just a few. Enjoy!
6 October 2017
Welcome to the latest edition. Believe it or not you'll find mentions of vodka, elephants, monologues and the Oscars of the Waterways! Oh and the latest boating news and this weekend's events and stoppages... Enjoy!
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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