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
Trusts and foundations
We've used funding for a range of projects, using our canals, rivers and museums as unique spaces to transform lives
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
25 October 2017
Canoeing is something that almost everyone can take part in. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a professional paddler, why don’t you take to the water and check out some spooky trails this Halloween?
28 September 2017
We believe that running by water gives you even more benefits than your usual jog along the roadside.
27 September 2017
Fancy a shopping day with a difference? Our peaceful canals and rivers are a world away from the bustle of the high street – and you’ll be amazed what you can find on them.
Our canals are lined with great places to eat and drink but did you realise you can grab a bite to eat on the water too?
29 September 2017
Looking for things to do this autumn, keen to see something different and maybe learn a new skill? Look no further, there’s lots of activities and events that you and your family can take part in along our waterways.
Our canals are and towpaths are great places to view a range of different sculptures and murals
21 September 2017
Jack Perks, an experienced wildlife photographer, has given us his top tips for taking pictures down by our canals and rivers.
20 September 2017
Our canals aren’t just pretty places to visit. Thanks to our ongoing efforts to make our canals welcoming to everybody you really can work, live and play by the water. So, the next time you’re facing a dreary meeting, why not move it to your local canal or river and unleash your creativity?
13 September 2017
A mother daughter team are hoping to encourage others to ‘live more adventurously’ after taking on a fantastic rafting journey along one of our most interesting waterways.
8 September 2017
Gregg Stevenson, a former soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan, has been making a huge difference to the lives of people in Lancashire by rallying support for the country’s first ever coast to coast canoe trail.