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.
4 February 2020 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.
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...
5 February 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...
5 February 2020
Burnt Mill, River Stort, Harlow, CM20 2PS
Join us on Wednesday 5 February between 10am and 3.30pm at Harlow for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Stort. We'll be Clearing trees and bushes around the Lock as well as removing moss from structures repair gate. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
7 February 2020 Recurring
Closing Date: 8 February 2020
Marketing and promotion, Micro-volunteering, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
We are very excited to be planning a special waterway event as part of Nottingham’s 2020 Light Night. Light Night – Nottingham’s famous night of eclectic and electric light installations – is back. This year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before, with the events spanning the length of...
8 February 2020
Closing Date: 7 February 2020
Pontypool, Monmouth & Brecon Canal, Gwent, NP4 5ED
Join us on Saturday 8th February meeting at 10am at Solomon's Bridge (47) NP4 5ED, for an enjoyable mornings work on the Monmouth and Brecon canal. We’ll be making our canal access points at Bridge 47 more welcoming by cutting back overgrown vegetation, clearing paths, collecting litter and generally...
St Pancras Lock, Regent's Canal, London, N1C 4PN
Join us on Saturday 8 February between 10am and 3.30pm at St Pancras Lock for an enjoyable day’s work on the iconic Regent's Canal. We’ll be giving the area a general spruce up with litter picking and vegetation cutback.
25 January 2020
Closing Date: 1 December 2020
Loughborough, River Soar, Leicestershire, LE11 1AW
Environment, Micro-volunteering, One off or a taster, Outdoors
Would you enjoy learning new skills, meeting new people, keeping fit and generally having a good time on and by the canal?