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.
27 August 2019 Recurring
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.
Closing Date: 31 March 2020
Leicester, Grand Union Canal, Leicestershire
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join the Leicester Towpath Taskforce for a range of activities along the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal.
28 August 2019 to 28 July 2019 Recurring
Lune aqueduct nature site LA13PE
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join us for a practical day around Lancaster or at our site close to the Lune Aqueduct. Work will include vegetation clearance , litter picking and general towpath maintenance.
28 August 2019 Recurring
Trevor Basin Visitor Centre & Pontcysyllte Aqueduct , Llangollen Canal, Denbighshire
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join our monthly World Heritage Site Towpath Taskforce working on the historic waterway in the heart of North Wales. The 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month is Taskforce Day and this is a great opportunnity to join a friendly, lively and active group of volunteers. We could be working on access improvements,...
28 August 2019
Sturts Lock, Regents Canal, London, N1 7BL
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on Wednesday 28 August between 10am and 3pm at Sturts Lock, Hoxton for a satisfying days’ work at this popular spot on the Regents Canal. We'll be clearingplanting trees, creating a wildflower meadow and laying hedges. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
29 August 2019 Recurring
Castle Lock, Nottingham
Boating, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Come along and support us for our new Nottingham Towpath Taskforce, working with a team of volunteers to enhance the Notts Beeston Canal which runs through the centre of Nottingham. The team will meet alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays, meeting at Castle Lock and Meadow Lane lock respectively, and the...
The Tees Barrage volunteer group will carry out a range of practical tasks including painting, planting, woodland management and path creation, all around the site of the Tees Barrage.
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Coventry Canal Basin CV1 4LW
Join the Towpath Taskforce in North Warwickshire on alternate Thursdays for a range of activities along the Coventry & Ashby Canals in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
30 August 2019 Recurring
Litherland, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Bootle
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly, Surveying
Join us for a practical day around Sefton concentrating on litter picks and cleaning up the area in general. This is one of a series of task days and the group meets on Fridays from 10am until approx. 2pm.
Swarkestone, Trent & Mersey Canal, Derbyshire
Join the South Derbyshire Towpath Taskforce team for an enjoyable morning on the Trent & Mersey Canal, supporting us in caring for our precious waterways. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments.