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
11 March 2020
We believe that spending time by water can make people feel happier and healthier, so for International Happiness Day we’ve asked five people why they enjoy their trips to the towpath.
23 December 2019
Don't join an expensive gym this year. Head to your local canal and enjoy a free workout in the fresh air.
19 December 2019
Find amazing, and often free, places to visit right on your doorstep. This year we're challenging you to tick off all the ones in your region - download your checklist below.
2 December 2019
Just around the corner, Christmas is coming and it's bringing a sleigh full of cheer, chaos, hugs, brussel sprouts and festive songs. It's a great time of year to think about how you can take care of yourself and those around you. We've got 12 ways you can bring wellbeing into your Christmas.
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.
15 May 2019
Perfect for leisurely strolls and mini day trips, our pocket-sized waterways are no less charming than their colossal counterparts.
22 March 2019
Easter is one of our favourite times of year on the canals. Spring is in full bloom, school is out and the longer days mean you can enjoy longer jaunts on the towpath.
21 March 2019
Thank you to all those who entered our winter competition, we've had a massive 7000 entries. Here we have our 12 winners, whose photos depict our waterways beautifully.
18 March 2019
From Grade I-listed pumping stations to ultrasonic beams: managing the water in our canal network is a fascinating mixture of old infrastructure and new technology.