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.
7 September 2019
Southall, Grand Union, West London, UB2 5LB
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Saturday 7th September at Bulls Bridge in Southall 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 painting the bridge, collecting litter and giving the area a general sprucing up. All tools and equipment will...
7 September 2019 Recurring
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.
Colne and Nelson, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancashire
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...
8 September 2019 Recurring
Haweksbury, Coventry Canal
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce at Hawkesbury Junction on the second and last Sunday of each month for a range of activities around Exhall and Hawkesbury.
11 September 2019 Recurring
Skipton, Leeds & Liverpool Cana
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the second Wednesday of every month between 10 am and 2 pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Skipton. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, wildlife...
Chadderton, Rochdale Canal, Lancashire
Join our Towpath Taskforce team in Chadderton to meet new people, keep fit and 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...
12 September 2019 Recurring
Newbury, Kennet & Avon Canal, Berkshire
Recently we have repainted Newbury Lock, cut back overhanging vegetation, carried out litter removal and made repairs to the towpath on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
13 September 2019 Recurring
Drakeholes, Chesterfield Canal, Nottinghamshire
Education, Environment, Heritage, Leadership and management, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Project management, Regularly, Working with visitors
Join us on the second Friday of every month between 9:30am and 2:30pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Chesterfield Canal near Drakeholes. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, wildlife...
14 September 2019
Tottenham Lock, River Lee, London, N17 9BP
Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
Join us on Saturday 14 September between 10am and 3pm at Tottenham Lock for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be sowing wildflowers, bulb planting, painting the lock rails and litter picking the area..
18 September 2019
Willesden, Grand Union Paddington Arm, London, NW10 7DD
Join us on Wednesday 18 September between 10am and 3.30pm at Twyford Abbey Road for a satisfying days’ work at this popular spot on the Grand Union Canal. We'll be litter picking and doing a general tidy up of the area. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support...