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.
1 March 2019
River Stort, Hertfordshire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to...
St Pancras Lock, Regent's Canal, London
2 March 2019
Greenford, Grand Union Canal Paddington Arm, London
Join us on Saturday 2 March between 10am and 3.30pm at Greenford for a satisfying days’ work at this popular spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be clearing offside vegetation and doing a general tidy up of the area. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support...
2 March 2019 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Fradley Junction, Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
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.
3 March 2019 Recurring
Burnley, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join us for a practical session, between 10am and 2.30pm on the first Sunday of the Month in and around Burnley. 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 you’re turning up...
20 February 2019
Alperton, Grand Union, West London
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Wednesday 20 February at Alperton for a satisfying day’s work on the peaceful Grand Union Canal. We’ll be helping to improve the canal for visitors and wildlife by collecting litter and cutting back overgrown vegetation. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and...
5 March 2019 Recurring
Preston, Lancaster canal
Join us for a practical day around Preston which will include vegetation maintenance work, litter picking and general towpath maintenance. This is one of a series of task days which take place monthly on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 1000 and will generally finish around 1500. The meeting...
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.
6 March 2019 Recurring
Littleborough, Rochdale Canal, Greater Manchester
Environment, One off or a taster, Practical, Regularly
Our Towpath Taskforce team meets on the first Wednesday of each 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.
20 February 2019 Recurring
Environment, Heritage, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Take pride in bringing out the potential of the canal in and around Worksop!