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
2 November 2017
Hear from Hannah Warren, who is on a volunteer student placement with us learning about the work we do, and helping with our arts programme. Hannah has also devised three pop-up, improvised performances of her own in which she interacts with selected canal heritage spaces along the waterways.
Posted by: The guest blog
11 August 2017
Changing Places is an exhibition currently touring England, produced by Film and Video Umbrella, which is part of our Arts on the Waterways programme. Mike Jones, Technical Manager at Film and Video Umbrella, talks about the challenges and rewards of presenting contemporary artists’ film and video in heritage buildings.
13 September 2016
Meet Cassie, our filming and campaigns executive based in London. She's a keen cyclist on our waterways.
9 September 2016
When folk talk about 'the cycling revolution' and the growth of cycling in the UK, they’re not talking about the amazing haul of gold medals we’ve just seen at the Olympics – awesome as that is.
12 July 2016
It’s the Tour de France (yay!) and two weeks ago, because our comms team have got there finger on the pulse they gave me a shout. “Everyone will be going cycling mad, so it’s a good time to promote Share the Space, Drop your Pace – do you want to write a blog?” “ Yes!”, I say … because it’s a great idea and I’m always flattered to be asked to do such things.
10 June 2016
Richard Spencer, one of our senior project managers, gives us an update on how we're repairing our waterways after the Boxing Day floods.
6 June 2016
My name is Dan and I have recently volunteered with Canal & River Trust. I am the Junior Boys Captain at Runcorn Rowing Club and here is how I got involved with the Helping Hedgerows Project.
25 May 2016
My name is Linda Butterworth. I am a project officer within the national environment team and I would like to tell you the story of our hedges.
Our guest bloggers all have a passion for our waterways, whether they are volunteers, staff or the experts we work with.