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
1 July 2020
We're looking forward to the return of boating holidays with a summery jigsaw puzzle
A beautiful part of the natural landscape or a man-made intruder? We take a look at the depiction of British canals in art.
23 June 2020
Sit back, relax and lose yourself with the idyllic and tranquil sounds of the River Weaver as you visualise its surroundings with this wonderful audio description from Radio Four.
12 June 2020
It’s no surprise that our historic canals, so full of character, have featured in many works of fiction over the years. From literary greats to children’s tales, look out for the watery references in these favourite reads.
10 June 2020
Eliza from our Explorers team uses a children's sand tray to explain how canals were built and bring history to life.
5 June 2020
More than ever before, our towpaths offer much needed green space where people can exercise, relax and feel better. This bike week, we welcome everyone to our towpaths, on bikes or on foot, and simply ask that you are kind to each other and observe social distancing guidelines.
4 June 2020
We're proud of the great variety of wildlife living on our canals and rivers, from smooth newts to mighty oaks. Take a look at the biodiversity of our wonderful waterways.
Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to relax, and they're a fun way to keep your mind active, too.
19 May 2020
Why don't you take two minutes out of your day and let us transport you to the canal? Enjoy the calming sights and sounds from wherever you are right now.
15 May 2020
You might know our canals well from the view of the towpath or aboard a boat, but how about from above?