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.
24 February 2019 Recurring
Hawkesbury Junction, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce at Hawkesbury Junction on the last Sunday of each month for a range of activities around Exhall and Hawkesbury.
26 February 2019 Recurring
Around Stoke on Trent and Leek, Caldon Canal, Staffordshire
Heritage, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Our volunteer team are working along the entire length of the Caldon Canal. We will be doing tasks such as painting the lock and infrastructure, cutting back overgrown vegetation, dry stone walling, litter picking, path resurfacing and fencing among other tasks. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors,...
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.
Sheffield & Tinsley Canal
Come along and join us for volunteering along the Sheffield and Tinsley canal near Victoria Quays.
27 February 2019 Recurring
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,...
27 February 2019
Hackney, River Lee, London
One off or a taster, Practical, Regularly
We need your help to prevent invasive floating pennywort from taking over the River Lee, where it can prevent boats from using the river, threaten fish and invertebrates and crowd out native plant species. Join us at Lea Bridge on Wednesday 27th February to help remove pennywort from the river and prevent...
28 February 2019 Recurring
Bridge 5, Bulkington Road, Bedworth, CV11 4TE
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.
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.
1 March 2019
Stonebridge Lock, River Lee, London
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to...