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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31 July 2020
We welcome the Government’s announcement and launch of, ‘Gear Change, the cycling and walking plan for England’, which sets out its plans to promote walking and cycling and the creation of Active Travel England.
29 July 2020
With the UK temperatures set to soar late this week as parts of Yorkshire & North East England reach highs of up to 30 degrees, we are asking people to stay safe by water, avoid open water swimming in their local canals, rivers and reservoirs and seek alternative ways to cool down.
27 July 2020
A historic Grade II* listed canal warehouse at the head of the Peak Forest Canal in Whaley Bridge has been given a new lease of life and a dedicated band of volunteers.
24 July 2020
We have secured the long-term future of the historic narrowboat, Gifford, by accepting the offer of donation from the Waterways Museum Society.
23 July 2020
Thanks to donations from hundreds of people to our appeal to support small waterway-based charities, we have been able to award £31,500 in grants shared across 43 local charities based on inland waterways in England and Wales.
20 July 2020
Now that boats are cruising again with the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, we are asking boaters to take part in our ‘Waterway Experience’ survey.
16 July 2020
With the school holidays about to get underway, we are urging those looking to enjoy a holiday in the slow lane this summer to act quickly with bookings for canal boat holidays enjoying a huge resurgence as people look for the perfect family-friendly staycation.
13 August 2019
Chris Boardman, Olympic champion and Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, has officially opened a project to improve access to the Ashton Canal, making it easier for people to enjoy traffic-free travel into Ashton- under-Lyne and Manchester.
12 August 2019
We have begun work to improve the towpath along the Llangollen Canal in Shropshire close to the nearby Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site.
5 August 2019
We’re now starting the hard work to plan the repair and restoration of Toddbrook Reservoir. Read the latest updates.