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.
1 December 2019
Closing Date: 31 January 2020
Standedge, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Yorkshire, HD7 6NQ
We operate short boat trips through the tunnel between April to October. They run from 11am to 4pm during weekends and school holidays, slightly less at other times, according to demand. We are looking for people who can pilot the boat along the canal and into the tunnel. Other duties include daily checks...
We are looking for handy people to help us with general maintenance, fixing a squeak, cutting the grass, and building and looking after planters, flower beds and borders around our site.
Administration and support, Practical
Opportunity to gain experience within event organising and hosting, wedding support and social media.
18 March 2020
Alperton, Grand Union, West London, HA0 1PF
Environment, One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical
Join us on Wednesday 18 March at Alperton for a satisfying day’s work on the peaceful Grand Union Canal. We’ll be helping to improve the canal for visitors and wildlife by collecting litter and cutting back overgrown vegetation. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly...
21 March 2020
Pickett's Lock, River Lee, London, N9 0AT
Join us on Saturday 21 March between 10am and 3.30pm at Pickett's Lock, for an enjoyable day’s work on the beautiful River Lee. We’ll be tidying up the place with a litter pick and vegetation cutback. All tools and equipment will be provided, together with expert and friendly support and refreshments....
18 November 2019
Northwich, River Weaver, Cheshire, CW9 6FW
Join our fantastic team of education volunteers based at the Anderton Boat Lift. Our education volunteers lead visits for primary school groups and make sure every aspect of a visit runs smoothly, from greeting the coach at the beginning of the day to waving goodbye at the end. We are looking for volunteers...
1 April 2020
Kennet & Avon, RG7 4JS
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...
3 April 2020
Long Eaton, River Trent, Nottinghamshire, NG10 2FZ
Closing Date: 7 February 2020
Stoke Bruerne, Grand Union Canal, Northampton, NN12 7SE
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Long Buckby, Grand Union Canal, Northamptonshire, NN11 2LY