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?
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
Trusts and foundations
We've used funding for a range of projects, using our canals, rivers and museums as unique spaces to transform lives
We care for our supporters
We are caring and open and aim to put our supporters at the heart of everything we do
Help us to bring wellbeing opportunities to millions of people across England and Wales. Find your ideal volunteer role here.
13 December 2018 Recurring
Closing Date: 16 November 2018
Recently we have repainted Newbury Lock, cut back overhanging vegetation, carried out litter removal and repairs to the towpath on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
14 December 2018 Recurring
Sheffield & Tinsley Canal
Come along and join us for volunteering along the Sheffield and Tinsley canal near Victoria Quays.
Huddersfield, Huddersfield Broad Canal, Yorkshire
The Towpath Taskforce on the Huddersfield Broad Canal meet on the second Friday of the month from 10am-1pm. We carry out a range of tasks along the canal including painting, litter clearance, cutting back vegetation and planting. The meeting location will vary depending on the tasks that need doing...
15 December 2018 Recurring
Join us on the third Saturday of every month, 10am to 1pm, for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Selby Canal. We’ll be tackling a variety of tasks, including painting, litter picking, cutting back vegetation and planting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
16 December 2018 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Hawkesbury Junction, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce at Hawkesbury Junction on the last Sunday of each month for a range of activities around Exhall and Hawkesbury.
Peak Forest canal, SK6 5ET
Marketing and promotion, Outdoors, Practical
Local community group carrying towpath improvements, vegetation work and planting between Woodley and Romiley on the Lower peak Forest canal
18 December 2018 Recurring
Wigan, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Practical, Recording and monitoring
This is one of a series of task days which take place on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Wigan, meeting at a different location each week. Tasks can include vegetation works, litter picking and general towpath maintenance. When: Every Tuesday at 10am.
Environment, Heritage, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
How do you fancy caring for some of our old locks, many Grade II listed, in a beautiful rural setting?
20 December 2018 Recurring
Walsden, OL14 6SQ
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month for drop in volunteering fun on the Rochdale canal near Walsden.
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.