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?
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
21 January 2019
Green shoots may be sprouting along the canal banks but winter’s not over yet. Here’s how to revel in the last few weeks of Jack Frost’s clutches.
16 January 2019
We’re told January is a dismal and depressing month, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here at the Trust we believe there can be something good in every day, and you can find that something with a trip to your local canal or river.
14 January 2019
With the weather improving and the days getting longer, everyone’s thoughts turn to getting out and about. If European holidays are off your list then here are six of the best lock-free canal locations for you to try a boating holiday this year.
14 December 2018
“I would walk 500 miles… But London’s only 280 miles away," Hear from Tom Bloxham, founder of our partner organisation Urban Splash on his canal walk from Manchester to London.
10 December 2018
Do you know the difference between J-stroke and sculling? Read on for our guide to paddling strokes for kayaks, canoes, rowing boats, punts and coracles.
26 November 2018
Giving Tuesday is the global day of giving which heralds the start of a more charitable season of goodwill.
15 November 2018
On 19 November we’re joining with other charities to say a big thank you to our supporters. Find out how your volunteer time and your donations have helped us to make life better by water.
To celebrate heritage lottery funding we're offering free treats to National Lottery players at our museums between 3-9 December.
7 November 2018
If you’re a regular visitor to our museums and attractions, you’ll know they all have gift shops packed full of family favourites and canal-themed goodies. So, this Christmas, we thought we’d share a few of our customers’ favourites.
24 October 2018
Many things happened for the first time during the 1700s. Sir Robert Walpole became Britain's first prime minister, Handel's 'Messiah' got its first performance, Captain Cook led his first expedition to the Pacific, and the first edition of the Times was published in London.