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 June 2019
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Come along and get involved with our regular Montgomery and Llangollen volunteering activities every Friday. This is a great opportunity to join a friendly, lively and active group of volunteers working on tasks such as habitat management on nature reserves, hedge laying, coppicing, fencing, towpath...
28 May 2019
Closing Date: 31 March 2020
Notts Beeston Canal
Boating, Outdoors, 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...
18 May 2019
This is an ongoing project and the locations will change throughout the coming months. Improvements to the Ashton Canal in Audenshaw. To carry out vegetation & scrub clearance, native species planting and litter picking.
24 August 2019
Closing Date: 23 August 2019
Gloucester, River Severn, Gloucestershire
A unique opportunity to highlight the wildlife and ‘sense of place’ of the River Severn as part of the HLF and EU LIFE funded Unlocking the Severn project.
2 April 2019 to 31 March 2020
Ellesmere Port, Shropshire Union Canal, Cheshire
Practical, Working with visitors
With its dramatic location, extensive in-door displays, boat trips and historic buildings the museum is a great place to volunteer, where time slows down and history comes to life.
2 April 2019 to 18 December 2019
Loughborough, River Soar, Leicestershire
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)...
1 April 2019 to 1 November 2019
Stourport, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Worcestershire
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...
Curdworth, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, West Midlands
1 March 2019 to 1 March 2020
St. Helens, Merseyside
If you want to do something positive to help the restoration of the Sankey Canal then join the Sankey Canal Restoratrion Society on one of their regular work parties.
13 February 2019
Across the Yorkshire & North East Region
Leadership and management, Other specialist roles
Bring your experience and knowledge to the Canal & River Trust Regional Advisory Board in Yorkshire & North East.