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.
16 February 2019 Recurring
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
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 February 2019
Ponders End Lock, River Lee, London
Join us on Saturday 16th February between 10am and 3.30pm at Ponders End Lock, for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be tidying up the place with a litter pick and vegetation cutback. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments....
19 February 2019 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
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?
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.
20 February 2019 Recurring
Take pride in bringing out the potential of the canal in and around Worksop!
63 Hodge Lane. B77 4AN
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce in Tamworth on alternate Wednesdays for a range of activities along the Coventry Canals in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
Closing Date: 21 March 2019
Perry Barr Locks, Walsall Road B42 2LZ
Join the Towpath Taskforce on the Tame Valley Canal at Perry Barr Locks. We meet on every third Wednesday for a range of practical activities such as painting, vegetation management etc., as well as helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
20 February 2019
Alperton, Grand Union, West London
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Wednesday 20 February at Alperton for a satisfying day’s work on the peaceful Grand Union Canal. We’ll be helping to improve the canal for visitors and wildlife by collecting litter and cutting back overgrown vegetation. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and...
21 February 2019 Recurring
This is a new community adoption group 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 Fools Nook, as it passes out of Macclesfield and passed the...
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month for drop in volunteering fun on the Rochdale canal near Walsden.