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.
3 March 2020 Recurring
Closing Date: 29 February 2020
Boating, Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, 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, for an enjoyable day on the Canal, supporting us in caring for our valuable waterways.
Preston, Lancaster canal
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
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 on the first & third Tuesday of each month starting at 1000 and will generally finish around 1400. The meeting...
4 March 2020 Recurring
Littleborough, Rochdale Canal
Join us for our towpath taskforce on the first Wednesday of each month in Littleborough. 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. All tools and equipment provided, refreshments provided...
Closing Date: 29 November 2020
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at Canal Lane, Hatton, Warwick. CV35 7JL on the beautiful Grand Union Canal. Tasks vary on a regular basis and can include painting, planting, litter clearance, general maintenance, depending on what’s needed in the area. On arrival you will be greeted by...
4 March 2020
Enfield Lock, River Lee, London, EN3 6QJ
Join us on Wednesday 4 March from 10am to 3.30pm at Enfield Lock for an enjoyable day's work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be helping to give the area a general tidy up and litter pick. We will then take a short walk north to the old bridge to remove overgrown vegetation and disused bench from the...
5 March 2020 Recurring
Lune aqueuduct nature site
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.
7 March 2020 Recurring
Fradley, Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire
Join the Towpath Taskforce at Fradley Junction on the first Saturday 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.
Closing Date: 31 August 2020
Beeston Old Lock
Boating, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly, Surveying
Help keep the Nottingham Beeston Canal clean and spend some time on a Canal and River Trust boat.
7 March 2020
Southall, Grand Union, West London, UB2 4NH
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Saturday 7 March at Norwood Top Lock, Southall between 10am and 3.30pm for a satisfying days work on the beautiful Grand Union Canal Paddington Arm. We'll be tackling this litter hot spot to give the area a real lift. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
8 March 2020 Recurring
Haweksbury, Coventry Canal
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce at Hawkesbury Junction on the second and last Sunday of each month for a range of activities around Exhall and Hawkesbury.