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.
20 February 2019 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
63 Hodge Lane. B77 4AN
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join the Towpath Taskforce in Tamworth on alternate Wednesdays for a range of activities along the Coventry Canals in helping to protect and improve wildlife, heritage and the visitor experience.
6 March 2019
Feildes Weir, River Lee, Roydon
Join us on Wednesday 6 March between 10am and 3.30pm at Feildes Weir for an enjoyable day’s work at the meeting point of the Rivers Lee and Stort. We’ll be improving the area for all visitors by picking litter, cutting back vegetation and collecting flytipping. All tools and equipment will be provided,...
7 March 2019 Recurring
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
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...
Bridgewater, Bridgwater & Taunton Canal, Somerset
Recently we have repainted Locks, cut back overhanging vegetation, carried out environmental enhancements, litter removal and created a Sensory Garden.
8 March 2019 Recurring
Huddersfield, Huddersfield Broad Canal, Yorkshire
The Towpath Taskforce on the Huddersfield Broad Canal meet on the second Friday of the month from 10am-1pm. We carry out a range of tasks along the canal including painting, litter clearance, cutting back vegetation and planting. The meeting location will vary depending on the tasks that need doing...
Drakeholes, Chesterfield Canal, Nottinghamshire
Education, Environment, Heritage, Leadership and management, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Project management, Regularly, Working with visitors
Interested in finding out what the volunteers do on the Chesterfield Canal?
Audlem, Shropshire Union Canal, Cheshire
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
Join our monthly Audlem Towpath Taskforce working in the picturesque village of Audlem. The second Friday of the month is Taskforce day and this is a great opportunity to join a friendly, lively and active group of volunteers. We could be lock painting, bulb planting, gardening, hedge laying or doing...
Newbury, Kennet & Avon Canal, Berkshire
Recently we have repainted Newbury Lock, cut back overhanging vegetation, carried out litter removal and repairs to the towpath on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
15 February 2019 to 21 February 2019
Closing Date: 21 February 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. We require silt clearance from the locks and this will start from the 15th February onwards and will probably last 2/3...
9 March 2019
Old Ford Lock, Regents Canal, London
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join us on Saturday 9 March between 10am and 3.30pm at Old Ford Lock (8) for a satisfying days’ work at this popular spot on the Regents Canal. We'll be clearing offside vegetation, building a fence and doing a general tidy up of the area. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert...