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
Trusts and foundations
We've used funding for a range of projects, using our canals, rivers and museums as unique spaces to transform lives
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.
24 January 2019
Waltham Town Lock, River Lee, London
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Thursday 24 January to help clean up the River Lee towpath at Waltham Cross. We're joining forces with volunteers from Lee Valley Park to tackle litter and cut back overgrown vegetation to help make the river a safer, cleaner and more welcoming place for all visitors.
14 November 2018 to 31 March 2019
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Gloucester & Sharpness canal, Gloucestershire
Marketing and promotion
We are looking for a volunteer with film-making skills who can create a film about the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. The nearly 200-year canal, which runs for 16 miles from Sharpness Port to Gloucester Docks was once the broadest and longest in the world. Even today, it stands out from other navigations...
Mon & Brec Canal, Powys, S Wales
We are looking for a volunteer with film-making skills who can create a film about the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Meandering through the Welsh countryside the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is one of our most beautiful and peaceful waterways following the line of the Usk Valley through the Brecon...
25 January 2019 Recurring
Join us on the fourth Friday of every month, 10am to 1pm, for an enjoyable day’s work on the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation in Rotherham. 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...
31 January 2019 Recurring
The Tees Barrage volunteer group will carry out a range of practical tasks including painting, planting, woodland management and path creation, all around the site of the Tees Barrage.
4 February 2019 to 15 March 2019
Birmingham, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, West Midlands
This is a fantastic opportunity to assist in Direct services stoppage programme on the Winter Lock closures and Open Days at Farmers Bridge Locks on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. The works will commence on the 4th Februrary 2019 and will last for 6 weeks. Tasks will vary with site set up, assisting...
7 February 2019 Recurring
Knottingley Towpath Taskforce meets on the first Thursday of the month from 10am-1pm. We carry out a range of tasks along the canal through Knottingley including painting, litter clearance, cutting back vegetation and planting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
22 October 2018 to 1 March 2019
Closing Date: 1 March 2019
Tring, Grand Union Canal, Hertfordshire
Join our Direct Services teams this winter on our winter stoppage programme. This is a fantastic chance for you to volunteer with our local construction teams in helping to deliver our winter works programme. Between October and March we will be working at multiple sites along the Grand Union South working...
28 February 2019
Closing Date: 31 January 2019
Soweby Bridge, Rochdale Canal, West Yorkshire
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...
11 December 2018
Closing Date: 30 June 2019
Boating, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Bath Volunteers have recently launched a new workboat 'Sulis' and are looking for new crew members and helmsman. The workboat and crew will be volunteering on the K&A Canal and River Avon. Tasks include clearing offside vegetation, carrying out small maintenance tasks, painting lock gates and assisting...