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
We've been blown away by all the fantastic entries we received for our Words on the Waterway writing competition. Over 350 of you shared your wonderful canal memories with us.
The Grand Union Canal links London to Birmingham, passing through rolling countryside, industrial towns and peaceful villages. It is our longest canal, the ‘trunk route’ of the system, and helps thousands of people to live healthier, happier lives.
George has been making fenders for 40 years and is a well-known figure in the boating community. He talks to us about the art of fender-making and shows us how it’s done.
London can be a stressful place at times, with reports from the Office for National Statistics reporting levels of anxiety in the city are often higher than the national average.
Christmas is a time of good cheer, but many of us could benefit from having somewhere to escape to during the festive season. Some place where we only hear the sweet sound of chirping birds and the slow trickle of water. Where exercise means sauntering along a frosty towpath, not chasing the little ones around the tree.
In 2014 we went on a quest to find the greatest angler of all time. Well, the greatest angler of all time who learned to fish on a canal.
The Waterways Archive Reading room, the national archive for the canal network is closed until further notice. Where possible, staff will be working from home and available to contact via email email@example.com.
The 18th century saw a surge in canal building and the dawn of a new 'Canal Age'. Canal historian Mike Clarke explains why some canals were very successful and others were doomed to fail.
The Avon Vale workboat volunteers have been helping out with maintenance and other varied tasks along the Kennet & Avon Canal since 2010. Read more about how they restored the Avon Vale, why they enjoy working on the boat whatever the weather, and whether you could join their crew.
Mike Clarke, canal historian, explains how the canal system emerged from post-war decline to become the treasured leisure destination of today.