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.
16 May 2019 Recurring
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month for drop in volunteering fun on the Rochdale canal near Walsden.
Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
Join us on the third Thursday of every month, 10am to 1pm, for an enjoyable day’s work on the in Mexborough on the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation. We’ll be tackling a variety of tasks, including painting, litter picking, cutting back vegetation and planting. All tools and equipment will be...
17 May 2019 Recurring
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the third Friday of every month between 09:30 and 13:00 along the waterfront in Leeds, for an enjoyable day’s volunteering on your local canal.
Windlehurst Road, High Lane, Macclesfield Canal, Cheshire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Our local team are working at to improve the towpath through High Lane, making it better for all enjoying the Macclesfield Canal through the village. This includes filling depressions in towpath to reduce puddles, cutting back invasive weed, painting and other improvements to the access for all.
18 May 2019 Recurring
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the third Saturday of every month, 10am to 1pm, for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Selby Canal. We’ll be tackling a variety of tasks, including painting, litter picking, cutting back vegetation and planting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
18 May 2019
Feildes Weir, River Lee, Roydon
Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
Join us on Saturday 18th May between 10am and 3.30pm at Feildes Weir for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be Painting the locks, tackling overgrown vegetation and picking litter to make the towpath a more welcoming place for visitors.
22 May 2019
Bow Lock, River Lee, East London
Join us on Wednesday 22 May between 10am and 3.30pm at Bow Free Wharf for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be doing some vegetation management, Painting out of graffiti on bridge, and making sure the access points are weeded and swept.
2 April 2019 to 18 December 2019
Loughborough, River Soar, Leicestershire
Clear Cut Conservation in Loughborough, Leicestershire, are looking for a volunteer helmsman for their small outboard craft. Clear Cut Conservation are a local group who collect litter from the water and surrounding banks on behalf of The Canal & River Trust. They meet every wednesday (weather permitting)...
29 May 2019
Practical, Recording and monitoring
Did you know that the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species? Also research by ZSL (Zoological Society London) has shown that the ‘recruitment’ (or return) of elvers has declined by up to 95% over the last 25-30 years in some...
8 June 2019
Tottenham Lock, River Lee, London
Join us on Saturday 8th June between 10am and 3.30pm at Tottenham Lock for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be continuing to Paint the locks and generally sprucing up the area.