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.
17 September 2019 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 March 2020
Meadow Lane Lock, Notts Beeston Canal
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...
18 September 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.
18 September 2019
Willesden, Grand Union Paddington Arm, London, NW10 7DD
Join us on Wednesday 18 September between 10am and 3.30pm at Twyford Abbey Road for a satisfying days’ work at this popular spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be litter picking and doing a general tidy up of the area. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support...
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Belle Bridge WS13 8RL
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.
19 September 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...
Devizes, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
Environment, Heritage, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce in Wiltshire the third Thursday of each month for a range of activities along the Kennet & Avon Canal in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience. Recently we've planted wildflowers; cleared overgrowth on the Diamond Jubilee Woodland carried...
Walsden, Rochdale Canal, West Yorkshire (OL14 7SL)
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the third Thursday of every month between 9:30am and 12:30pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Rochdale Canal near Walsden. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, wildlife habitat...
Blackburn (various locations)
Join us for a practical session, between 10am and 2.30pm, around Blackburn on alternate Thursdays. Activities undertaken will include: vegetation maintenance work, litter picking and general towpath maintenance. Meeting points will vary from session to session. No experience is needed, though it’s appreciated...
Join us on the third Thursday of every month between 10am and 1pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation in Mexborough. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair,...
20 September 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.