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.
20 November 2019
Hanwell Flight, Grand Union Canal, Southall London, W7 2PJ
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join us on Wednesday 20 November between 10am and 3.30pm at Hanwell for a satisfying day's work at this beautiful spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be collecting litter and vegetation management. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments....
2 November 2019
Adelaide Dock, Grand Union Canal, Southall, UB2 5QR
Join us on Saturday 2nd November between 10am and 3.30pm at Southall for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be collecting litter and cutting back vegetation. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments....
31 October 2019 to 26 October 2023
Leeds, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, West Yorkshire, BD10 0PY
Join us on the final Thursday of every month between 10am and 2pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Apperley Bridge. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, wildlife...
Milton Keynes Office or working from home, MK9 1BB
Administration and support, Environment, Home-based, Marketing and promotion, Office-based, Regularly
A great opportunity for anyone passionate about article writing and content research, within the subject of Inland Waterways across Europe. The written articles will cover topics such as emerging trends and new developments within the economic, social and the environmental benefits of Inland Waterways...
1 October 2019 to 10 March 2020
Oxford Canal, CV6 6DF
Help with the cutting back of offside vegetation along the north Oxford canal.
5 September 2019 to 24 September 2020
Staffordshire & Worcester Canal, ST19 5DT
Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
We are currently opening an opportunity for the residents of Penkridge and surrounding areas to assist with the maintenance and general presentation of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal through Penkridge. We are looking for volunteers to come along and join us on the last Thurs of every month...
West Midland waterway, B3 1AQ
Education, Environment, Outdoors
The Canal and River Trust is running a successful campaign to introduce and teach people how to fish along the waterways.
27 August 2019 to 28 October 2019
Manchester, Rochdale Canal, Greater Manchester, M3 4LZ
Environment, Micro-volunteering, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
We're joining forces with #2MinuteBeachClean to rid our canals, rivers and oceans of plastic and litter. The key to this is ‘your small action makes a big difference’. And here's how easy it is to get involved.
Islington, Regent's Canal, London, N1 8JX
Camden, Regent's Canal, London, NW1 7BX