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?
Giving in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Love your stretch
Celebrate your favourite stretch of canal or river
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
Take a closer look at our canals and rivers and discover new ways to enjoy them
17 October 2019
Preserving canal heritage is a vital part of our work to make life better by water. We're thrilled to celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery Heritage Fund by sharing just some of the projects this has helped bring to life.
3 October 2019
Need some fresh, fun ideas for October half term? We’ve collected top events and activities to entertain and amuse the whole family, including fireworks and a simple, fun way to get involved with your local canal and make a difference.
16 September 2019
From rural retreats to vibrant city centres, narrowboat holiday-makers can use their boat as a floating holiday home to explore our beautiful 2,000-mile network of canals and rivers, with the choice of hundreds of waterside destinations and historic canalside pubs to enjoy visiting along the way.
21 August 2019
You don't have to be a regular boater to love our canal and river quizzes. This one is going to test your metal as we take a closer look at locks, docks and one working boat lift. And remember to share your scores with friends and family.
31 July 2019
More and more people are discovering that our canals and rivers are great places to get active and enjoy a happier, healthier life. Whether that's joining a regular club or visiting one of our many events. Here are just a few to look out for near you.
11 July 2019
Your local canal is open and welcoming whenever you need it, should you fancy five minutes to connect with nature or simply a moment to relax by the water.
9 July 2019
It’s school holidays again. So, if you’re looking for things to do with the kids – big and small – take a look at our free, fun family ‘learn to fish’ activities. There are over 250 events nationwide this year, which means for the first time you can learn to fish for free every day this summer school holiday.
15 May 2019
Perfect for leisurely strolls and mini day trips, our pocket-sized waterways are no less charming than their colossal counterparts.
15 April 2019
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a woodland walk beside water, as we explore the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku.
25 March 2019
This story shows just what impact on happier, healthier lives our waterways are having around the county. It's brought to you courtesy of Councillor Carol Gahan.