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
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
Help us to bring wellbeing opportunities to millions of people across England and Wales. Find your ideal volunteer role here.
2 July 2018
Administration and support, Leadership and management, Practical, Working with visitors
Your role will be to work closely with Canal & River Trust staff to lead and support volunteers aged 16 to 25 in the use of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, to design and deliver an activity programme based on the needs of the local community, promote the canal, trail and towpath as a way of connecting...
3 July 2018 Recurring
Littleborough, Rochdale Canal, Greater Manchester
Environment, One off or a taster, Practical, Regularly
Our Towpath Taskforce team meets on the first Tuesday of every month. 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.
4 July 2018 Recurring
Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, West Midlands
Boating, Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join our Towpath Taskforce Greener Birmingham Team on the first Wednesday of each month for a practical session, between 10am and 3.30pm on the canals around the centre of Birmingham. The scope of the team is to greatly improve the visitor experience with the City Centre, out towards Icknield Port and...
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Old Birchills Bridge,Old Birchills Road, Walsall, WS2 8QD
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce in Walsall on alternate Thursday for a range of activities along the Walsall and Wyrley & Essington Canals in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
Hatton Locks, Canal Road, Hatton, Warwickshire, CV35 7JL
Join us on the first Wednesday and Friday 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...
4 July 2018
Carthagena Lock, River Lee, Broxbourne
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on Wednesday 4th July between 10am and 3.30pm at Carthagena Lock for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be repairing the towpath and giving the area a tidy up to make the towpath a more welcoming place for visitors. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with...
5 July 2018 Recurring
Br 35, Quarry Lane, Atherstone, CV9 2RD
Join the Towpath Taskforce in North Warwickshire on alternate Thursdays for a range of activities along the Coventry & Ashby Canals in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
7 July 2018 Recurring
Fradley Junction, Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire
Join the Towpath Taskforce at Fradley Junction on the first Saturday 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.
One off or a taster, Practical, Regularly
Recently we have repainted Locks, cut back overhanging vegetation, carried out environmental enhancements, litter removal and created a Sensory Garden.
18 June 2018