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
Use My Location
Related articles about walking on our canals and rivers.
Have a go at Forest Bathing
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a woodland walk beside water, as we explore the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku.
12 October 2020
As part of the Active Waterways Cheshire Project, we've put together these inspirational virtual walks.
17 July 2020
Looking for family inspiration during the school holidays? Our activity trails will give your little ones the chance to step back in time, or become a nature detective, while exploring our beautiful canals.
29 August 2019
We're proud to support We Are Undefeatable, the national campaign and movement that aims to inspire and support people with long term health conditions to build physical activity into their lives, in a way that their condition allows.
7 February 2019
Follow Paul Baggaley as he walks the length of the River Trent, unearthing the changing influence of the river through the decades.
29 October 2018
Escapism is a necessity for an introverted city-dweller like me. So, over the two decades I’ve spent living in London, I’ve amassed a lengthy list of escape routes that give me a break from the boisterous urban landscape; places to go that help me restore peace to my mind, peace in my body and to help both to flow with a gentler momentum.
6 September 2018
Cameron Lockwood, 14, decided to swap time on the Xbox for time on the towpath and walk the length of the Kennet & Avon Canal. Read his story.
24 August 2018
Our canals and rivers are wonderful places to walk in the autumn. With 2,000 miles of traffic-free towpaths for you to explore, it’s easy to swap the bustling streets for the relaxing world of your local canal.
21 June 2018
Our canals and rivers are wonderful places to walk in the summer. With 2,000 miles of traffic-free towpaths for you to explore, it’s easy to swap the busy city streets for the calm, tranquil world of your local canal.
12 February 2018
Modern life can be hectic, but did you know that just a few steps from the busy streets you can find the calm world of our canals? We've teamed up with Go Jauntly to bring you peaceful walks that will refresh your mind and body.
20 September 2017
Sometimes we just need to get away from it all and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Thanks to our work to keep the canals and rivers open for everyone we’ve got hundreds of special places where you can escape the crowds and clear your mind.
Take a walk at the Dudley Canal Open Day
Dr Helen Rawling from Discovering Britain suggests three walks that will help you get even more from our Open Day
Take a winter canal walk
Our canals and rivers are glorious places to walk in the winter and we have 2,000 miles of pedestrian-friendly towpaths for you to explore
Last date edited: 25 March 2020