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.
12 February 2020 Recurring
Boat & Horses,Chadderton, Rochdale canal
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, 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...
22 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
Closing Date: 31 December 2020
Sefton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, L20
Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Regularly, Working with visitors
Fancy leading walks along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Bootle? Walking is a great way to meet new people and improve your mental and physical health. We are looking for people who would feel confident leading groups of up to 10 people on a walk around the canal in Bootle. Sometimes a walk will also...
13 February 2020
Brent Feeder, London, NW10 0BD
In collaboration with Thames 21, join us on Thursday 13 February between 10:30am and 2.30pm at Quainton Street Open Space for a satisfying day’s work at Brent.
20 January 2020 to 31 January 2021
Etruria, Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire, ST4 7AF
Education, Outdoors, Regularly
If you enjoy working with children and want to inspire them to learn about our local heritage, wildlife and landscape, join our team of Explorer Education Volunteers based at Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent!
15 February 2020 Recurring
Closing Date: 16 December 2020
Brome Hall Lane, Lapworth, Solihull, B94 5RB
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 a group leader who will run through what is to be done that day, assign tasks and demonstrate the safe use of any equipment....
15 February 2020
Stonebridge Lock, River Lee, London, N17 0XD
Join us on Saturday 15 February between 10am and 3.30pm at Stonebridge Lock, for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Lee.
16 February 2020 Recurring
Closing Date: 19 December 2020
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Project management
We will be undertaking a range of tasks on the Aylesbury Arm including lock painting, litter picking, scrub clearing and tidying of the towpath. Meet us at 10.30 am for an enjoyable half-day's work on this picturesque section of the Grand Union Canal. Task location will vary from month to month but will...
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...
29 March 2020 Recurring
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Join us on the weekend, starting on Saturday 18 January between 9.30am and 12pm in Gamston for an enjoyable mornings work along the beautiful Grantham Canal. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons and could include painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, wildlife habitat improvements,...
19 February 2020
Southall, Grand Union, West London, UB1 1NG
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Wednesday 19 February at Bankside in Southall for a satisfying day’s work on the peaceful Grand Union Canal. We’ll be helping to improve the canal for visitors and wildlife by painting the bridge, collecting litter and giving the area a general sprucing up. All tools and equipment will be...