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
Match angler Simon Mottram talks about fishing his favourite stretch of canal, the Llangollen Canal in Whixall.
Take one of our boat trips on the Anderton Boat Lift. You can stand by the side and look up. You can stand on the top and look down. But trust us when we say, the only way to look at our boat lift is from the inside...
Your local canals and rivers are bursting into life, so get out there and make the most of the spring sunshine. Bring the kids, bring the dog, pack some tasty treats and feed the ducks - because this bank holiday weekend it’s all going on.
Karen wanted to make a difference to her local community, but volunteering with the Trust led to so much more. She tells us about the boost to her wellbeing and her route to new employment.
Normally, a basin is separated from the waterway by a narrow mouth which has grooves for stop planks, thus allowing the basin to be isolated from the canal. To protect the integrity of our waterway, the width of the separating bank between the waterway and the mooring void must be adequate, assuming that either the waterway is full and the void is dewatered or vice versa.
We're committed to helping local people realise their potential. Our apprenticeship programmes are part of the training, skills and job opportunities we're proud to provide for people who want to build a career with the Trust.
Canals need many hands to look after them and by volunteering with us you can help make even more miles of canal blue, green and better.
This summer we celebrates our tenth anniversary. We’d like to thank all our volunteers, donors, partners and supporters for their assistance in helping to look after this 250-year-old network.
We are extremely excited to help celebrate the 50th birthday of the Waterway Recovery Group, a team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the years to restore our nation’s forgotten waterways.
As people look for healthy ways to de-stress after a busy day at work, we’re seeing a huge rise in questions about canal fishing in towns and cities. How easy is it? What do people need? Here are our tips for you budding urban anglers.