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
The Black Country Blue Network will increase and improve wildlife habitats in and around the canals, streams and rivers in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
With 154 miles of canals to explore it’s no wonder why Staffordshire is affectionally known as the ‘canal county’.
The Commonwealth Games is coming to Birmingham in 2022 and we are getting 'Games Ready.'
Find out more about becoming a volunteer lock keeper, an important role which is steeped in history and tradition.
Are the water management team usually hidden behind their desks in the office? Yes, quite often. But in July we had the chance to get our hands dirty and help out with the restoration of the Montgomery Canal.
Two and half miles of the Montgomery Canal in England is designated as an SSSI. This special nature site is located between Aston Locks and Keeper’s Bridge, near Queen’s Head, Oswestry.
During April 2015, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Canal & River Trust and Nexus Archaeology ran a community archaeology project at Maesbury Marsh near Oswestry. The work provided a means of promoting the wider Montgomery Canal restoration and offered local people the chance to find and understand more about the village and its connections with the canal.
Chris Chambers, a lock keeper from the North Wales & Borders waterway team, gives us a small insight into the men and women who worked at Ellesmere Yard as they answered the call to arms in 1914.
This article should perhaps really be headed 'My favourite canal'. There are so many pegs along the Llangollen Canal that are simply stunning places to spend time, that it would be unfair to name just one of them.
Last Updated: 21 March 2017