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
Help us to bring wellbeing opportunities to millions of people across England and Wales. Find your ideal volunteer role here.
1 November 2019 Recurring
Outdoors, Practical, Working with visitors
Removal of excessive vegetation from Bosley Reservoir - ongoing. Times to be agreed - Starting 1st November 2019 meet at Bosley Reservoir.
Closing Date: 29 February 2020
Skipton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, West Yorkshire
Education, Environment, Heritage, Outdoors, Working with visitors
We lead school, Cub scout and Brownie groups on waterway visits as well as running sessions in the classroom. All of our sessions are designed to inspire young people in heritage and geography of their local area as well as links to science and wildilfe.
3 November 2019 Recurring
Town Bridge, Northwich
Engineering, Heritage, Marketing and promotion, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Working with visitors
We are currently looking to recruit a small team of volunteers to assist us in a routine bridge inspection at Town Bridge in Northwich on Sunday 3rd November. Our bridge inspection is a great opportunity for volunteers to support the team in maintaining the bridge by removing any dirt and debris from...
Pontcysyllte, Llangollen Canal, Wrexham, LL20 7TY
Practical, Working with visitors
Patrolling the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Trevor Basin & Froncysyllte Basin areas, welcoming visitors and giving information when needed. Ensuring the canal and towpath is used responsibly. Reporting incidents and faults. Helping resolve the congestion on the aqueduct at busy times. Litter picking when...
23 October 2019 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 December 2019
Nottingham, Nottingham and Beeston Canal, Nottinghamshire
Boating, Environment, Heritage, Micro-volunteering, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Calling all green fingered volunteers.
23 October 2019
Lea Bridge, River Lee, Hackney, E5 9RB
Join us on Wednesday 23rd October between 10am and 3.30pm at Lea Bridge for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be removing floating Pennywort from the water. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments. We will be delighted...
23 November 2019
Rye House, RIver Lee, Hertfordshire , EN11 0EG
Join us on Saturday 23 November, 10am and 3.30pm at Rye House for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be picking litter and cutting back vegetation to improve this section of the river for all visitors. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
6 November 2019
Roydon Lock, River Stort, Roydon, CM19 5EF
Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
Join us on Wednesday 6th November between 10am and 3.30pm at Roydon Lock for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Stort. We’ll be tackling overgrown vegetation and picking litter to make the towpath a more welcoming place for visitors.
Montgomery Canal, SY10 8BT
The Trust is a key partner in the Montgomery Canal Partnership along with a number of organisations who are driving the restoration of the Montgomery Canal. The partnership are looking for volunteers to join their project team organising the reconstruction of Schoolhouse Bridge near Crickheath, Shropshire.