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
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.
26 April 2019 Recurring
Gailey, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Staffordshire
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
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....
Join us on the fourth Friday of every month, 10am to 1pm, for an enjoyable day’s work on the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation in Rotherham. 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...
30 April 2019 Recurring
Around Stoke on Trent and Leek, Caldon Canal, Staffordshire
Heritage, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Trust's volunteer team working along the entire length of the Caldon Canal. We will be doing tasks such as painting the lock and infrastructure, cutting back overgrown vegetation, dry stone walling, litter picking, path resurfacing and fencing, among other tasks. This is a great opportunity...
Wigan, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Recording and monitoring, Regularly
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.
1 May 2019 Recurring
Loughborough, River Soar, Leicestershire
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Come along and join us with the Loughborough Towpath Taskforce team for an enjoyable day on the River Soar, supporting us in caring for our valuable waterways.
1 May 2019 to 31 May 2019 Recurring
Practical, Working with visitors
At key locations around the country, we're establishing visitor 'welcome' stations and you could be at the heart of this welcome. This is an opportunity to be the 'face' of the Canal & River Trust, playing a key role in the enjoyment of the visitor experience and ensuring visitors leave with a greater...
Birmingham Canals, West Midlands
Boating, Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join our Wild in Birmingham Team every Wednesday for a practical session, between 10am and 3.30pm on the canals around the centre of Birmingham. The scope of the team is to greatly improve the visitor experience with the City Centre, out towards Icknield Port and The Cube.
Littleborough, Rochdale Canal, Greater Manchester
Environment, One off or a taster, Practical, Regularly
Our Towpath Taskforce team meets on the first Wednesday of each month. It's a great opportunity to try low-commitment volunteering with the Trust. Typically we plant hedgerows, tackle problem plants, paint locks and mend towpaths.
1 May 2019
Feildes Weir, River Lee, Roydon
Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
Join us on Wednesday 1st May between 10am and 3.30pm at Feildes Weir for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be Painting the locks, tackling overgrown vegetation and picking litter to make the towpath a more welcoming place for visitors.
2 May 2019 Recurring
Sutton Parish Council are looking for volunteers with a desire to make a difference to their local area. The aim of the group is to transform and improve access and public use of the towpath and environment between Lyme Green and Fool's Nook, as it passes out of Macclesfield and passed the Cheshire villages...