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?
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
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.
Janet & Chico, Crick, Grand Union Canal
We decided to follow our dreams and run away to live on a narrowboat eight years ago. I was a Primary Deputy Head and my husband, Mike, was a music teacher working for the County Music Service in Warwickshire.
Tracy, National Waterways Museum, Gloucester
Everyone needs a spiritual shed – a place where they can retreat, think, take time out, reflect and recharge their batteries. Mine is running along the canal and river banks.
Susan & Erin, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
I've known the canal for a long time, but it’s this little lady’s first time. We've come to feed the ducks.
Liz & Alistair, Foxhangers, Kennet & Avon Canal
We like walking. Today we're walking this way, tomorrow we shall be walking the other way. Being a spaniel, Millie loves water and tries to get in whenever she can.
Tony, Worcester, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
I chose to live here because of the canal. I love that I can do a bit of fishing right outside my own home. I haven't got a gate onto the towpath so I just put a step there and climb over the fence with my rod whenever I want to fish.
Long read: Ben & Flash, Oxford Canal
Like thousands of people, I've dreamed of what it must be like to live on a narrowboat but haven’t been in a situation to do it. Fortunately for me, I found myself owning a business that was just about possible to run from a boat whilst exploring the waterways.
John, Caen Hill Locks
Do you know what I did on my 80th birthday? The London marathon! It was my 12th marathon. I'm here walking the towpath with my friend. She's just gone on ahead to explore the locks. She's done the London marathon five times with me too.
Hendricks & Alice
Living on a boat gives us the freedom to go wherever we need to for work and we realised it’s perfect for a dog. Hendricks loves walking along the towpaths, but even more than that he loves exploring new places.
Pam & Mick, Kennet & Avon Canal
We have a little caravan and we're staying on a small Caravan Club CL site near Hilperton. We just looked up where the sites were in the area, and it said you could cycle or walk along the canal straight from the site, so we've just cycled from there. We're very happy.