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
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Stay up to date.
16 December 2020
Harthill Reservoir in South Yorkshire is to be given a £5 million upgrade.
We will benefit from £2 million funding towards the many climate action and sustainability challenges our historic waterways face across England & Wales, and to support us in our contribution to mitigating the impacts of climate change.
11 December 2020
We have secured government support to create dozens of opportunities in heritage repair and construction, and waterways management, for young people, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.
7 December 2020
A historic Grade II* listed canal warehouse at the head of the Peak Forest Canal in Whaley Bridge has been re-launched as a traditional craft skills centre, run by a new community interest company.
Our former industrial canals and river navigations are today playing a hugely important role in society and are enjoying a second golden age.
4 December 2020
W are carrying out a major winter makeover of the Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals.
3 December 2020
We are calling on people to enjoy being by water safely this winter and have published ten seasonal tips on how to take extra care on the towpaths.
We have started work to repair Bolton-le-Sands Embankment on the Lancaster Canal.
30 November 2020
We will be replacing three massive lock gates on the Green Flag award-winning Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal this month.
20 November 2020
Two new films produced by our Explorers learning team have used our Anderton Boat Lift and National Waterways Museum in Cheshire to introduce basic physics concepts to primary school children.