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
Find out all about waterway wildlife by browsing through our blogs and features.
20 June 2019
Foraging along our canals and rivers is a wonderful way to add a sense of adventure to your day. This simple pastime connects us to nature, our local surroundings and generations that have foraged before us.
10 August 2018
Summer is the perfect time to go foraging for blackberries. One of the most abundant free foods along our canals, they provide a healthy treat and are a great excuse to spend some quality time by the water.
15 March 2018
In recognition of Invasive Species Week ecologist Tom King has outlined why tackling invasive species helps make life better by the water for everyone who visits.
15 February 2018
When was the last time you took time out of your busy schedule to notice the world changing around you? We think you'll enjoy your day more if you spend just a few minutes walking along the canal on the lookout for signs of spring.
2 February 2018
We know that our waterway wildlife is one of the main reasons our canals and rivers are such a special place to visit. So, while most sensible mammals are snugly tucked up for the winter, our team of ecologists are out and about making sure our waterway wildlife continues to thrive.
6 December 2016
During the long winter months, many of our waterway birds pack up and migrate to warmer climes. But for those who stay behind, winter can be tough.
3 December 2015
Winter’s a great time to spot waterway wildlife so wrap up warm and pay us a visit.
3 November 2015
What’s your favourite thing about autumn? The amazing colours, the musty autumnal smell in the air or the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot?
20 October 2015
We know that spending time by water makes us all happier and healthier. Extend the benefits of your visit by taking some free foraged food home with you.
6 October 2015
Our ecologists work hard to make sure our waterways are diverse and provide good habitats for a huge range of plants year-round. Take advantage of the sloes growing along our canals during autumn and you could use what you pick to make sloe gin.
Last date edited: 10 August 2018