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
Wellbeing with Well-B
Discover how you can recharge when spending time by water
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
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 gift in your Will
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
Use My Location
The Erewash Canal is a wonderful route for exploring both the Derbyshire countryside that inspired DH Lawrence, passing past small towns and villages just outside Derby and Nottingham.
November 2018 saw a trial run for the ‘Bins by Boat’ pilot project, one of the innovative proposals to improve boater bin and recycling services. Find out more about the project and how you can recycle on our waterways below.
From the minute minnow to the predatory pike, the canal is home to all kinds of fascinating fish.
Find your nearest venue and follow the link to book a slot. Sessions are completely free and are aimed at anyone over the age of six.
There’s nothing better than relaxing on the canal bank and waiting for a fish to bite. Just keep in mind these common sense safety tips to make sure your fishing is enjoyable and safe for everyone.
Held every year on the third weekend of September, this event is the UK’s largest national celebration of young peoples' fishing. Our aim is to make sure participants have a fun day, land a few fish, learn something new, meet new friends and end up being inspired to come back to our waterways time and time again.
Research shows that people can feel happier and healthier by the water, which makes a canal boat the ideal staycation choice. Are you ready to take the most relaxing holiday you’ll ever have?
This article was originally compiled by Pat with support from Bryan Dray and John Ellis, shortly after a Let’s fish training day. What better tribute could there now be to Pat’s legacy than to take on board some of the tips Pat gleaned that day, which contributed to him becoming one of the most inspirational Let’s Fish coaches of all time.
One of the many pleasing aspects of the Let’s Fish participation programme are the number of mums and girls becoming involved. It’s a welcome trend that has also applies to many other sports; football, cricket, rugby and boxing to name but a few that in times gone by were viewed as all male domains. In this article, Izzy Gibbins looks back at her fishing year and peers ahead to what 2022 might offer.
Who are the top 12 specialist canal anglers of all time? Who would be on your list? John Ellis, our national fisheries and angling manager, takes a look at who, in his opinion, should be on the list.