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
If you are looking for a unique setting for your event then our conference centre, in a Grade II listed 19th Century building within an historic waterways complex of 7 acres where the Shropshire Union Canal meets the River Mersey, could meet your needs.
Join us and help inspire children and young people in their local history, engineering, waterways and habitats.
There's a whole host of activities to experience at the museum, and with your annual pass you can enjoy them for free. Here's what's on at the moment...
Boost your wellbeing by connecting with friends, family and nature by water.
We are continuing to follow UK Government Covid advice around events and activities taking place on our property and if advice changes we will refresh this page.
For a fantastic family day out, visit Anderton Boat Lift and our visitor centre. Find out how this amazing lift works and why it was so important.
You'll find everything from powerful tidal rivers to sleepy wildlife-rich canals in the East Midlands, with all sorts of unique ways for you to get active and enjoy the waterside every day.
Last Updated: 22 January 2020
Step back in time with us to when Ellesmere Port was a canal town.