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.
7 May 2019 Recurring
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 monthly on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 1000 and will generally finish around 1500. The meeting...
8 May 2019 Recurring
Chadderton, Rochdale Canal, Lancashire
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
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...
9 May 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.
10 May 2019 Recurring
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?
Huddersfield, Huddersfield Broad Canal, Yorkshire
The Towpath Taskforce on the Huddersfield Broad Canal meet on the second Friday of the month from 10am-1pm. We carry out a range of tasks along the canal including painting, litter clearance, cutting back vegetation and planting. The meeting location will vary depending on the tasks that need doing...
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...
11 May 2019
Haggerston, Regent's Canal, London
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on Saturday 11th May between 10am and 3.30pm at Haggerston for a satisfying days’ work at this popular spot on the Regents Canal. We will be cutting back overgrown vegetation, digging over a green space ready for planting, ivy removal from bankside walls, litter picking.
12 May 2019 Recurring
Retford, sign up for more info
Come and join our Retford Town Lock Towpath Taskforce on the Chesterfield Canal, helping to improve the local area. We will be tackling jobs such as litter picking, some minor vegetation management and general works to give the area some TLC making it a nicer place to walk and enjoy the canal. We will...
15 May 2019
Willesden, Grand Union Paddington Arm, London
Join us on Wednesday 15 May between 10am and 3.30pm at Twyford Abbey Road for a satisfying days’ work at this popular spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be clearing offside vegetation and doing a general tidy up of the area. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
16 May 2019
Closing Date: 15 May 2019
Upper Lode, River Severn, Gloucestershire
A unique opportunity to highlight the wildlife and ‘sense of place’ of the River Severn as part of the HLF and EU LIFE funded Unlocking the Severn project.