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
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 gift in your Will
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
29 April 2021
With Coventry celebrating its City of Culture this year, Waterfront discovers how a revitalised Coventry Canal will offer the local community and visitors a new route into the festivities. Our local community roots officer, Nick Cleaver, explains that a much-improved canal will be a perfect setting for art, creativity and outdoor fun.
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As our new Let’s Fish! season begins with over 400 free opportunities to give angling a try around the country, it’s also worth remembering why it’s so important to care for the fish in our canals and rivers. Waterfront looks at some of our most common, most threatened and most unusual fish, and the work we’re doing to protect them.
28 April 2021
Try your hand at this online jigsaw puzzle. Piece together one of our archive pictures of 'Enid', an Ovaltine boat on the Coventry Canal.
14 April 2021
As summer arrives, many boaters are looking forward to getting back on the water. Meanwhile, there is a quiet revolution taking place as our canals slowly go electric.
As restrictions have eased, our museums and attractions with safe outdoor spaces are now open again to the public. There are some great places to meet friends or family for an outdoor get together. Here’s our quick guide to where to go, with all the details you need.
29 March 2021
When photographer James Shenton and his toddler Nancy were in lockdown, they escaped for a daily walk on the Peak Forest Canal. This scenic canal runs past their back garden towards Marple Locks. Getting to know the characters on the canal gave James a wonderful idea. He tells Waterfront more about the stunning portraits he started to capture on the towpath.
Few of us have dedicated our lives to canals quite like Ian McCarthy. From a magical boyhood boat trip, to becoming part of the restoration movement, to being a member of the Canal & River Trust council today, Ian has enjoyed, restored and served canals proudly all his life. Waterfront caught up with him to hear more.
15 March 2021
Time by water is just as important for elite athletes during lockdown as it is to millions of us who use our canals for daily walks or runs. The canals of Birmingham have been essential to Paralympian Rob Oliver’s preparations for Tokyo. After a chance towpath meeting with one of our volunteers, we’ve been following the progress of the K1 200m kayaker.
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