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?
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
Stay up to date.
30 March 2020
We have published its latest Gender Pay Gap Statement. The document, available to view on our website, shows that on average women are paid 3.9% more than men at the Trust.
25 March 2020
We are working closely with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cadent, the UK’s biggest gas distributor, to minimise disruption to motorists during a vital £350,000 repair project on Northwich’s Winnington Swing Bridge
16 March 2020
With Crick Boat Show due to take place over the Late May Bank Holiday weekend (23-25 May), organisers have been closely monitoring the evolving public health advice regarding Covid-19 and have taken the decision to re-schedule the 2020 Show
We have completed work to repair the Macclesfield Canal at Bollington, Cheshire, so people can continue to enjoy this popular spot
13 March 2020
After a busy winter of maintenance work and a successful volunteer recruitment campaign, Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre will re-open to the public on 27 March
11 March 2020
We have carried out more than £180,000 worth of repairs and upgrades to the Rochdale Canal, near Rochdale, this winter
We are calling on local people in Ashton-under-Lyne to join the fight to eradicate litter from the town’s canal
10 March 2020
We are inviting a third of our boat licence holders to complete a short survey asking for views on the Trust and the upkeep of its waterways
2 March 2020
The Trust has coordinated the project at Skinner’s Yard on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, with support from Clean Leeds Leeds City Council and West Leeds Youth Service, which is due to be completed by the end of this summer. It’s great to see the passion people have for protecting our wildlife and green spaces. However, there are some misunderstandings about the project site that we want to address.
We are encouraging more boaters to licence their craft online as it brings forward plans to cease accepting cash payments for large purchases at its offices from 1 April 2020