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 Lee Navigation has a thriving community and a rich boating history dating back to the Bronze Age. In the last 200 years commercial barges have used it as a freight route, rowing clubs have been on the water for more than a century and in recent years there has been a surge in popularity amongst private boat owners, some of whom live on board.
We have looked after the Welsh Harp, in collaboration with Brent and Barnet Councils, since we became a charity in 2012, and before that as British Waterways.
It is strongly recommended that you contact the Environment Agency (EA) to establish their initial considerations on your site, including advice on whether it is in the flood plain and any other water level or drainage issues to consider.
The canal margins are rich in biodiversity, providing valuable habitats for many flora and fauna.
Although typically much less variable than river navigations, which can have very considerable level changes over short periods, canal water levels can still vary, sometimes quite rapidly.
Chris Boardman, Olympic champion and Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, has officially opened a project to improve access to the Ashton Canal, making it easier for people to enjoy traffic-free travel into Ashton- under-Lyne and Manchester.
We have begun work to improve the towpath along the Llangollen Canal in Shropshire close to the nearby Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site.
As part of our waterways and wellbeing strategy, to improve customer service and to engage with local communities, we have announced some further proposed changes.
Gloucester Lock has been closed since mid-January following the discovery of a leak in the bottom of the Grade II Listed structure, that meant it could not be used.
Last Updated: 21 March 2017