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.
10 July 2019 Recurring
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
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,...
Loughborough, River Soar, Leicestershire
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.
Chadderton, Rochdale Canal, Lancashire
Join our Towpath Taskforce team in Chadderton to meet new people, keep fit and improve the stretch of the Rochdale Canal which runs through the OL1 and OL9 area. We work on vital tasks such as planting hedgerows, tackling problem plants, litter picking, and generally making the waterside a more attractive...
Closing Date: 31 March 2020
Environment, Heritage, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Take pride in bringing out the potential of the canal in and around Worksop!
Skipton, Leeds & Liverpool Cana
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join us for a practical day around Skipton which will include vegetation maintenance work, litter picking and general towpath maintenance. This is one of a series of task days which take place throughout the year, on the second Wednesday of the month starting at 10:00 and aiming to finish at 13:00. The...
27 June 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...
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...
11 July 2019 Recurring
Newbury, Kennet & Avon Canal, Berkshire
Recently we have repainted Newbury Lock, cut back overhanging vegetation, carried out litter removal and made repairs to the towpath on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
12 July 2019 Recurring
Audlem, Shropshire Union Canal, Cheshire
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
Join our monthly Audlem Towpath Taskforce working in the picturesque village of Audlem. The second Friday of the month is Taskforce Day and this is a great opportunity to join a friendly, lively and active group of volunteers. We could be lock painting, bulb planting, gardening, hedge laying or doing...
Drakeholes, Chesterfield Canal, Nottinghamshire
Education, Environment, Heritage, Leadership and management, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Project management, Regularly, Working with visitors
Interested in finding out what the volunteers do on the Chesterfield Canal?