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.
13 October 2018 Recurring
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....
13 October 2018
Lea Bridge, River Lee, Hackney
Join us on Saturday 13 October between 10am and 3.30pm at Lea Bridge for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be walking the River Lee towpath from Lea Bridge to Old Ford Lock, planting bulbs, cutting back overgrown vegetation and collecting litter to help brighten the towpath for...
14 October 2018 Recurring
Closing Date: 14 October 2018
Rushmore Street, Lemington Spa, CV31 1JA
Environment, One off or a taster, Practical
Would you like to know what lurks at the bottom of the Grand Union Canal in Leaminton Spa and Warwick?
17 October 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 on the 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.
17 October 2018
Hanwell, Grand Union, West London
Join us on Wednesday 17 October between 10am and 3.30pm at Lock 97 on the Hanwell Flight for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be tackling overgrown vegetation and collecting any litter we uncover along the way! All tools and equipment will be provided, together...
18 October 2018 Recurring
Walsden, OL14 6SQ
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month for drop in volunteering fun on the Rochdale canal near Walsden.
20 October 2018
Sawbridgeworth Lock, River Stort, Sawbridgeworth
Join us on Saturday 20 October between 10am and 3.30pm at Sawbridgeworth Lock for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Stort. We’ll be painting Sawbridgeworth Lock and cutting back overgrown vegetation to help make the area more welcoming for all visitors. All tools and equipment will be...
21 October 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
24 October 2018
Bow Lock, River Lee, East London
Join us on Wednesday 25 October 10am and 3.30pm at Bow Locks for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be painting out graffitti, cutting back overgrown vegetation, collecting litter and planitng bulbs along the Limehouse Cut. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with...
1 December 2018 to 24 December 2018
Anderton Boat Lift, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire
Marketing and promotion, One off or a taster, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
We are looking for volunteers to help out during our Santa Cruise Christmas weekends. Activities range from help setting up and clear down, family craft activities, ticketing and even being 'Santa's Helper' on board the trip boat.