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.
7 July 2018
Hanwell Flight, Grand Union Canal, Southall London
Environment, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Saturday 7th July between 10am and 3.30pm at Hanwell for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be doing preparation and painting, collecting litter and vegetation management. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
18 July 2018 Recurring
Closing Date: 21 March 2019
Perry Barr Locks, Walsall Road B42 2LZ
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce, Tame Valley Canal at Perry Barr Locks. We meet on every third Wednesday for a range of practical activities such as painting, vegetation management etc., as well as helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
Colne and Nelson, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us for a practical session, between 10am and 3pm on the first Saturday of the Month in and around the Colne and Nelson area. Activities undertaken include: vegetation works, litter picks and general towpath maintenance. No experience is needed though it’s appreciated if you can let us know that...
10 July 2018 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Fradley Junction, Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire
Join the Towpath Taskforce at Fradley Junction on the first Tuesday 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.
10 July 2018
Twyford Lock, River Stort, Twyford
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
We're working with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to help prevent invasive floating pennywort from taking over the River Stort, where it can cause serious issues for boaters and native wildlife. Join us at Twyford Lock on Tuesday 10 July to help remove pennywort from the river and prevent it's...
11 July 2018 Recurring
Rochdale, OL9 8AU
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Clean Up Chadderton are the volunteer group working to 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 place for everyone...
12 July 2018 Recurring
Closing Date: 16 November 2018
Recently we have repainted Newbury Lock, cut back overhanging vegetation, carried out litter removal and repairs to the towpath on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
Lock 53, Maidenhead Road, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6SB
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
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....
14 July 2018
St Pancras Lock, Regent's Canal, London
Join us on Saturday 14th July between 10am and 3.30pm at St Pancras Lock for an enjoyable day’s work on the iconic Regent's Canal. We’ll be painting the railings on the Lock and under the bridge holes, grapple hooking under bridge holes and along the towpaths, vegetation clearance and cutback.
15 July 2018 Recurring
Peak Forest canal, SK6 5ET
Marketing and promotion, Outdoors, Practical
Local community group carrying towpath improvements, vegetation work and planting between Woodley and Romiley on the Lower peak Forest canal