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
Enjoy the stories of people that live, visit or work on our canals and rivers.
Angus, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and River Severn
A lot of my work is office-based, so I often head straight for the towpath after work with my dog and my binoculars. It's the quickest way to get right away from the little stresses of work and I'm one of those people that need to be outdoors whenever I can.
Tanya, Weston Turville, Grand Union Canal
The water has been a big part of my recovery from cancer and I regularly come running and walking here. I was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour with no hope of cure and was told I only had twelve to eighteen months to live. That was over three years ago.
Robert, Geoff, Anne & Daniel, Kidderminster Lock
We're not in any hurry - we're on holiday. Our journey started where we picked our holiday hire boat up in Worcester and we're heading west cruising up the Staffs & Worcs Canal.
Sandra & Sue in Kidderminster
We've just come from the gym. The gym we go to is in the town centre so we always walk along the canal on a Monday because this is a much nicer route along the waterside to town than if we were going by road.
I'm on my way to work. I'm an IT consultant and I'm stuck indoors all day long, so it's nice to be out here by the water on my route into the city. I'm quite a relaxed person and I like walking into work really early.
Karl, Angela & Sam, Kidderminster
Sitting here fishing on this canal is my way of putting my life together. You can have an argument with the Mrs in a morning and get back to a different version after a day's fishing. Sometimes in the past she used to pack my fishing stuff up before we even had an argument.
Anna & Buddy, Manchester
I'm enjoying my 'Buddy-time' by the water before I go to work. I work in Manchester, in an office-based job as a creative director for an ecommerce agency, so I'm taking Buddy for a walk before I travel into the city.
Allen, the Birmingham Canal Navigations
Just over three years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I decided that I would do more exercise and try to reduce my weight as that would help control my blood sugar level. I thought that regular walking would help me achieve this.
Paul, canals in the south of England
I work as a translator and interpreter which involves a lot of technology and frequent travel to busy cities. My local canals, in the south and southeast of England are a form of easy escapism.