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?
Volunteering in partnership
Want to make a real difference to your community? You could join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year
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.
River Severn, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EB
Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy to chat to towpath users (including boaters, walkers and cyclists) and connect with the local community. This role also takes on the added element of supporting our local Lock Keepers on the River Severn at Diglis and Bevere...
Gloucester, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EB
Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy to chat to towpath users (including boaters, walkers and cyclists) and connect with the local community. This role takes on the added element of supporting our local Bridge Keepers on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal at...
16 September 2019 to 23 September 2019
Ellemsmere Port, Shropshire Union Canal, The Wirral
Environment, Micro-volunteering, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
We're joining forces with #2MinuteBeachClean to rid our canals, rivers and oceans of plastic and litter. The key to this is ‘your small action makes a big difference’. And here's how easy it is to get involved.
27 August 2019 to 28 October 2019
Nottingham, Nottingham and Beeston Canal, Nottinghamshire, NG1 7HG
Rochdale Canal, M1 5WG
Leadership and management, Marketing and promotion, Practical, Working with visitors
The Friends of Rochdale 9 (FoR 9) hold regular work parties on the Rochdale Canal between Locks 92 and 84 in Manchester city centre. Taking care of the canal at key locations projects they have undertaken include installation of artwork, planters, floating planting along with regular vegetation clearance...
Knowle, Grand Union Canal, West Midlands, B93 0JJ
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...
24 October 2019 Recurring
Closing Date: 31 March 2020
Castle Lock, Nottingham
Boating, Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Come along and support us for our new Nottingham Towpath Taskforce, working with a team of volunteers to enhance the Notts Beeston Canal which runs through the centre of Nottingham. The team will meet alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays, meeting at Castle Lock and Meadow Lane lock respectively, and the...
16 November 2019 Recurring
We will be undertaking a range of tasks on the Aylesbury Arm including lock painting, litter picking, scrub clearing and tidying of the towpath. Meet us at 10.30 am from the Slip Road behind Tesco, Tring Road, Aylesbury HP20 1PQ for an enjoyable half-day's work on this picturesque section of the Grand...
North Environment Team, TS17 6QA
The Tees Barrage is a barrage across the River Tees just upriver of Blue House Point in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees in North East England.
2 April 2019 to 18 December 2019
Loughborough, River Soar, Leicestershire, LE11 5XH
Clear Cut Conservation in Loughborough, Leicestershire, are looking for a volunteer helmsman for their small outboard craft. Clear Cut Conservation are a local group who collect litter from the water and surrounding banks on behalf of The Canal & River Trust. They meet every wednesday (weather permitting)...