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?
Giving in memory
Celebrate the life of a loved one by giving a gift in their memory
Love your stretch
Celebrate your favourite stretch of canal or river
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
This cross-country canal takes in the best of what the North Midlands has to offer, with stunning views over the Cheshire Plain.
Mark Wilton talks about fishing his favourite stretch of canal, the Trent & Mersey Canal at Wolseley Bridge.
The Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal runs between Middlewich, where it joins the Trent and Mersey Canal, and Barbridge Junction, where it joins the main line of the Shropshire Union Canal.
A Contractor will be carrying out the installation of a temporary pedestrian bridge across Lock 38, Shelton New Road, Stoke-on-Trent for an event. The offside area of Lock 38 will have restricted access for 3 days to allow vehicular admittance for the lifting and removal of the temporary footbridge and storage of materials.
A Contractor will be carrying out the installation of a temporary pedestrian bridge across Lock 38 (Ridgway lock), Shelton new road, Stoke-on-Trent for an event. The offside area of Lock 38 will have restricted access for 2 days to allow vehicular admittance for the lifting and removal of the temporary footbridge and storage of materials.
Urgent works are required to replace three damaged exhaust fan covers in Harecastle Tunnel. Access for engineers to carry out the removal and replacement of the covers will require erection of scaffolding spanning the canal below the fans.
Localised spot dredging is planned to be carried out at Wychnor Lock during the week commencing 11/01/2016. Dredging is required here due to the risk of the sluices becoming obstructed and potentially, consequent flooding.
Unfortunately a boat has sunk in Lock 53, Thurlwood Top Lock and the canal is closed. The recovery has been mobilised however, we don't expect that the canal will reopen before mid morning tomorrow, Friday 12th June.