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.
29 August 2019 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Coventry Canal Basin CV1 4LW
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
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.
31 August 2019 Recurring
Chester, Shropshire Union Canal, Cheshire
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join our monthly Chester Towpath Taskforce working on the historic waterway in the heart of this historic city. The last Saturday 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 lock painting, bulb planting, gardening,...
1 September 2019 Recurring
Burnley, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Join us for a practical session, between 10am and 2.30pm on the first Sunday of the month in and around Burnley. Activities undertaken include: vegetation works, litter picks and general towpath maintenance. No experience is needed though it’s appreciated if you can let us know that you’re turning up...
1 September 2019 to 30 September 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...
Retford, sign up for more info
Join us on the first Sunday of every month between 9:30am and 2:30pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Chesterfield Canal in Retford. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, wildlife habitat...
1 September 2019
City Road Basin, Regent's Canal, London, N1 8BD
One off or a taster, Working with visitors
Be part of this year's amazing Angel Canal Festival!
3 September 2019 Recurring
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce at Fradley Junction on the first Tuesday of each month for a range of activities around the Junction and Nature area in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
Preston, Lancaster canal
Join us for a practical day around Preston which will include vegetation maintenance work, litter picking and general towpath maintenance. This is one of a series of task days which take place monthly on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 1000 and will generally finish around 1500. The meeting...
4 September 2019 Recurring
Littleborough, Rochdale Canal
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.
4 September 2019
Hardmead Lock, River Lee, Ware, SG12 8LZ
Environment, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Wednesday 4th September between 10am and 3.30pm at Hardmead Lock near Ware for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the River Lee. We'll be painting the locks, cutting back vegetation and collecting litter. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...