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
Trusts and foundations
We've used funding for a range of projects, using our canals, rivers and museums as unique spaces to transform lives
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.
6 March 2018
Closing Date: 31 March 2019
Turnerwood, Shireoaks, Chesterfield Canal
Environment, Heritage, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
How do you fancy caring for some of our old locks, many Grade II listed, in a beautiful rural setting?
5 March 2018
Birmingham, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, West Midlands
Education, Outdoors, Regularly
If you love working with children and enjoy being outdoors join our team of education volunteers in Birmingham! Help children discover the waterways through our Canal & River Explorers programme by leading sessions for schools, cub scouts and brownie groups both in their classrooms and out and about...
24 February 2018 to 24 November 2018
Oxford, Oxford Canal, Oxfordshire
Come and join us at the Oxford Towpath Taskforce where we will be doing a variety of tasks including lock painting, litter picking, graffiti removal, scrub clearing and tidying of the towpath. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments.
29 March 2018
Lune aqueduct nature sit
Join us for a practical day around Lancaster which will include vegetation maintenance work, litter picking and general towpath maintenance.
1 February 2018 to 6 December 2018
Knottingley, Aire & Calder, Yorkshire
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...
10 January 2018 to 10 January 2019
Selby, Selby Canal, Yorkshire
Join us on the third Saturday of every month, 10am to 1pm, for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful Selby Canal. We’ll be tackling a variety of tasks, including painting, litter picking, cutting back vegetation and planting. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
5 March 2018 to 1 October 2018
Hatton locks GU canal
We are looking for Education Volunteers who love working with children and would like to encourage them to explore our canals and rivers – in schools and visits to Hatton Locks. We are looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school and informal group requests as required and who...
Diglis Basin, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Worcestershire
We are looking to establish a new team of Explorers education volunteers based at Diglis Basin in Worcester.
Etruria, Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire
We are looking for people with experience of working with children and a love of canals & rivers.
30 January 2018
Caldon Canal ST4 7AF
Heritage, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Our volunteer team working along the entire length of the Caldon Canal. We will be doing tasks such as painting the lock and infrastructure, cutting back overgrown vegetation, dry stone walling, litter picking, path resurfacing and fencing among other tasks. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors,...