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.
Grove Road, Stalybridge, SK15 3RL
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
We are currently looking for volunteers to assist our skilled Manchester operations team with the day-to-day maintenance of the canals in our area. No two days are the same – there will be a variety of tasks such as water control, reactive works and lock maintenance.
22 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
Closing Date: 31 December 2020
Sefton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, L20
Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Regularly, Working with visitors
Fancy leading walks along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Bootle? Walking is a great way to meet new people and improve your mental and physical health. We are looking for people who would feel confident leading groups of up to 10 people on a walk around the canal in Bootle. Sometimes a walk will also...
14 January 2020
Closing Date: 29 February 2020
River Severn, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EB
This is an opportunity to support the Unlocking the Severn project by initially getting involved in a vegetation maintenance programme on Diglis Island that will enhance the visitor experience to the island. Tasks will include: managing hedgelines, creating a new pathway, building 'bug' hotels & pruning...
South Bramwith, Stainforth & Keadby Canal, South Yorkshire, DN7 5SN
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to...
Mexborough, Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation, South Yorkshire, S648AN
Customer service, Heritage, Marketing and promotion, Practical
Mexborough, Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation, South Yorkshire, S640EU
Doncaster, Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation, South Yorkshire, DN5 9AF
11 December 2019 Recurring
Closing Date: 11 December 2019
Lock 69, Rochdale Canal, M40 2JN
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
On Wednesday 11 December we’re inviting volunteers to help us clean the Rochdale Canal in the Newton Heath area. We will be starting at lock 69 on the Rochdale Canal and working our way towards Miles Platting. The main tasks will be removing overgrown vegetation from wash walls and around locks and clearing...
Leeds & Liverpool Canal, BD100PY
Towpath Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, friendly faces who are happy to chat to towpath users, like boaters, walkers and cyclists, when needed. On your regular (weekly or more often) walks along your towpath patch, you’ll get to spot anything you think we should be aware of too –...