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
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?
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
Help us to bring wellbeing opportunities to millions of people across England and Wales. Find your ideal volunteer role here.
16 August 2018 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Atherstone Top Lock, Colsehill Road, Atherstone, CV9 2AD
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce in North Warwickshire on alternate Thursdays for a range of activities along the Coventry & Ashby Canals in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
Old Birchills Bridge,Old Birchills Road, Walsall, WS2 8QD
Join the Towpath Taskforce in Walsall on alternate Thursday for a range of activities along the Walsall and Wyrley & Essington Canals in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
Devizes, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
Environment, Heritage, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce in Wiltshire the third Thursday of each month for a range of activities along the Kennet & Avon Canal in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience. Recently we've planted wildflowers; cleared overgrowth on the Diamond Jubilee Woodland carried...
Brome Hall Lane, Lapworth, Solihull, B94 5RB
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Tasks vary on a regular basis and can include painting, planting, litter clearance, general maintenance, depending on what’s needed in the area. On arrival you will be greeted by a group leader who will run through what is to be done that day, assign tasks and demonstrate the safe use of any equipment....
Walsden, OL14 6SQ
Planting hedgerows, tackling problem plants, painting locks, mending towpaths. All equipment provided.
Parbold, WN8 7NH
Environment, Heritage, Outdoors, Practical
Join us at Parbold dry dock for a series of work parties that aim to expose and restore the structure of this historic site. The works will include vegetation clearance, removal of Himalayan balsam, painting and general site maintenance.
17 August 2018 Recurring
Sefton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Liverpool
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Recording and monitoring, Regularly, Surveying
Join us for a practical day around Sefton concentrating on litter picks and cleaning up the area in general. This is one of a series of task days and the group meets on Fridays from 10am until approx. 2pm.
18 August 2018 to 19 August 2018
Closing Date: 17 August 2018
Candle Bridge, Bridge 50, Off Chapel Lane, Blisworth, Nothamptonshire, NN7 3EL
Outdoors, Working with visitors
Blisworth Festival is a popular Northamptonshire day out planned for the weekend of 18-19 August. From 11am to 5pm on each day we are seeking volunteers to help us represent the trust, both on our stall (to discuss your own experiences of volunteering with us) and in helping to run the registration stall...
Closing Date: 16 August 2018
Volunteers needed for Blisworth Festival, 18-19 August, 10am – 5pm.
18 August 2018
Carthagena Lock, River Lee, Broxbourne
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on Saturday 19th August between 10am and 3.30pm at Carthagena Lock for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be continuing our work to repair the towpath on this stretch and giving the area a tidy up to make the towpath a more welcoming place for visitors. All tools and equipment...