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
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
Take a closer look at our canals and rivers and discover new ways to enjoy them
22 February 2021
Celebrate the start of spring with our new, flower-filled jigsaw.
12 January 2021
You don't have to leave home to enjoy a canal on a beautiful snowy day.
Try our latest jigsaw puzzle, featuring Fenny Stratford on the Grand Union Canal.
14 December 2020
Paul, our senior ecologist, shares his favourite ways to enjoy the wildlife this winter.
9 December 2020
Get cosy this winter and piece together this snowy canal scene.
3 December 2020
We know that you can't always make it to our canals in rivers in person and so we're bringing the waterways to you with a series of audio guided tours. You can listen to them while you are out for your daily walk, on the towpath itself or from the comfort of your own home.
7 October 2020
The dog days of summer are over, so why not stay warm inside and have a go at our latest online jigsaw puzzle?
5 October 2020
Enjoy some of our favourite pictures of canals in autumn.
14 September 2020
This year has seen an unprecedented change to our lives, and now more than ever having a greater understanding of our personal wellbeing can be valuable to us all.
26 August 2020
Leave the hustle and bustle of Sheffield behind and enjoy a tour of the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, transporting you out into the countryside.
14 August 2020
Novelist Helen Matthews explains how her love affair with canals has moved from flirtation to commitment, and why the character in her latest book chose to live on a narrowboat.