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.
19 September 2019 Recurring
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical, Regularly
Join us on the third Thursday of every month between 10am and 1pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation in Mexborough. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair,...
20 September 2019 Recurring
Join us on the third Friday of every month between 10am and 2pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Leeds. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, wildlife habitat...
Windlehurst Road, High Lane, Macclesfield Canal, Cheshire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors
Our local team are working at to improve the towpath through High Lane, making it better for all enjoying the Macclesfield Canal through the village. This includes filling depressions in towpath to reduce puddles, cutting back invasive weed, painting and other improvements to the access for all.
21 September 2019 Recurring
Join us on the third Saturday of every month between 10am and 1pm for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Selby Canal. Tasks will vary and change with the seasons – tasks could include lock maintenance, painting, vegetation management, planting, towpath repair, wildlife habitat improvements and...
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...
21 September 2019
Hardmead Lock, River Lee, Ware, SG12 8LZ
Environment, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Saturday 21st September between 10am and 3.30pm at Hardmead Lock near Ware for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the River Lee. We'll be painting the locks, cutting back vegetation and collecting litter. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
Environment, Outdoors, Plastic & Litter Clearance, Practical
Join us on Saturday 21st September September between 10am and 3.30pm at Hardmead Lock for an enjoyable days work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be Painting the locks, tackling overgrown vegetation and picking litter to make the towpath a more welcoming place for visitors.
Join us on Saturday 21st September between 10am and 3.30pm at Hardmead Lock near Ware for a satisfying days work at this beautiful spot on the River Lee. We'll be continuing to paint the locks, cut back vegetation and collecting litter. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and...
25 September 2019
Canary Wharf, London, E14 9ST
Join us on Wednesday 25th September between 10am and 2pm at London Docklands office for an enjoyable days work in the iconic Canary Wharf. We'll be cutting back vegetation, sprucing the lockside up and doing a floating litter pick in the water.
26 September 2019 Recurring
Gailey, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Staffordshire
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
Tasks vary on a regular basis and can include painting, planting, litter clearance, general maintenance, depending on what’s needed in the area. On arrival you will be greeted by a group leader who will run through what is to be done that day, assign tasks and demonstrate the safe use of any equipment....